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Membership fee changes notice

Membership Fee Changes from 1st July 2017

The APSAD Council after consultation with members at the AGM held on 1st Nov 2016 in Sydney has reviewed membership fees in parallel with budgeting for the 2017-2018 financial year, and from 1st July 2017 will increase Individual Membership dues from $200 to $210 per year from the 1st July 2017 with Concession dues increasing to $163.

Student Membership dues will increase to $105.

Small Institutional Membership dues will increase to $468 and Large Institutions to $914

The Council will continue to review these on an annual basis but aim to keep membership fees affordable and competitive against those of other professional societies.

Individual: $210  
Concession: $163 for those with a gross income < $50k
Student: $105  
Retired: $150  for long term APSAD members (>6yrs continuous membership) who have retired
Small Institution: $468  
Large Institution: $914  

APSAD Conference Abstract Mentor Program

Need Assistance with your Abstract for this year's conference? 

The APSAD Conference is running the Abstract Mentor Program with the assistance of our volunteer abstract mentors. The aim of the program is to provide an opportunity for First Peoples (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori), Community Groups, Consumers, and Early Career Researchers to have their draft abstracts mentored by more experienced authors before submitting their abstract to the conference.

For further information visit the Mentor page on the conference website.



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APSAD is now calling for nominations for the 2018 APSAD Awards in five categories:

  • Early Career
  • Senior Scientist
  • First Peoples
  • Clinician
  • Mentor

Go to the APSAD Awards page for more information

Nominations close on 3 September 2018

2017 APSAD Award winners resized


Clinician's Corner | Drug and Alcohol Review

Clinician's Corner | By Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin

Modifiable health risk behaviours and attitudes towards behaviour change of clients attending community-based substance use treatment services.

People diagnosed with substance use disorders face a wide range of challenges and stigmatisation related to their lifestyle, behaviours and effects of their condition throughout their lives.  In their forthcoming paper in Drug and Alcohol Review, available on Early View, Tremain et al. highlight how health risk behaviours independent of primary substance use, such as tobacco smoking, play a key role in the experience of harm, and contribute to the 23-year life expectancy gap between people diagnosed with substance use disorders and the general population. They then explore the leading health risk behaviours exhibited by a sample of people seeking treatment for substance use disorders.

Tremain et al. show that tobacco use, insufficient fruit and vegetable intake, and insufficient physical activity form a cluster of health risk behaviours that account for the greatest risk of chronic health diseases, both in the general population and in people seeking treatment for substance use disorders.  However, the authors found that these health risk behaviours are reported much more frequently by people diagnosed with substance use disorders, and within this population, young people (aged 18-34 years) are 4.4 times more likely to smoke tobacco than are people in older age groups.

The good news is that tobacco use, physical inactivity, and insufficient fruit and vegetable intake represent health behaviours that are amenable to change.  Further, Tremain et al. found that up to 61% of people engaged in substance use treatment services in New South Wales have already considered modifying these behaviours, and up to 97% thought it acceptable to be provided access to preventive interventions to reduce this health risk. Younger people in the Tremain et al. sample were more interested than other age groups in increasing their fruit and vegetable intake, indicating that a potential strategy for engaging this typically challenging age group in substance use treatment services may be to offer a broader “lifestyle-focussed” intervention.

While more research is needed in this area to determine the most effective strategies for supporting people diagnosed with substance use disorders to address tobacco use, fruit and vegetable intake, and physical activity, Tremain et al. provide a compelling argument for integrating lifestyle-focussed assessment and interventions (including the integration of the many apps and online programs currently available) into substance use treatment services in Australia.

A full copy of this paper is available online.

Tremain D, Freund M, Wolfenden L, Wye P, Bowman J, Dunlop A, Gillham K, Bartlem K, McElwaine K, Gow B, Wiggers J. Modifiable health risk behaviours and attitudes towards behaviour change of clients attending community-based substance use treatment services. Drug Alcohol Rev 2016; Available on Early View.


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Join in the conversation on the APSAD Early Career Networking group page on LinkedIn

This week's post to the ECR Networking Group conversation: 

How do you measure Research Impact? Posted by Dr Jason Ferris 

So, many of you may have heard that the wheels of 'impact' are changing again (see here for a refresh

This issue has begun raising its head here at UQ as we prepare (in advance) for what might be the metrics behind 'measuring the societal benefits from research'. So, I thought it might be interesting what you have done to make 'impact' less about a journal (and its impact factor) and more about change.

I am mindful here of an exemplar by one of our own Caitlin Hughes - Which if I remember correctly lead to a change in 'legal thresholds' associated with serious drug offences. Correct me if I am wrong. Caitlin's research lead to a true change in policy - the gold standard of impact. 

So, what have you done, or what are you thinking of doing as the machinations around impact adjust again?

To join the conversation join us on LinkedIN 

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Free AOD webinars for APSAD members

We are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Insight Training and Education Unit in Queensland. APSAD members are now able to access FREE webinars of Insight’s Seminar Series Program.

Insight is a leading provider of alcohol and other drug training, education, information and advice for workers and services across Queensland.  They deliver a free seminar program each semester on a range of AOD related themes and topics. The seminars are delivered on the first Wednesday each month at 10am (AEST).

The first seminar for 2016 kicks off on Wednesday the 2nd March. This semester’s program draws together a diverse range of topics including pain management, Hep-C treatment, emotional regulation and motivational interviewing. This program also has a particular focus on methamphetamine as part of the Queensland Government’s response to ‘ice’.
To access full details please log in the Members' Area and go to the Workshop page on the APSAD website. 

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3 Weeks Left to Submit an Abstract!

The APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference will take place October 30 to November 2 at Four Points Darling Harbour.The Scientific Program Committee is excited to announce that Abstract Submissions are now OPEN.We invite submissions of abstracts for the following presentation types: poster; oral; workshop; symposium; and Food for Thought. Abstract Submissions Close: 15 May 2015
For further information and to submit an abstract visit the conference website

Download a copy of the Abstract Submission Guidelines. 

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2016 APSAD Conference super early bird registration open!

Don't miss out open for a limited time! 
Be sure to register by Sunday 13 March to take advantage of the discounted Super Early Bird rate.
Visit the conference website for all the details.

APSAD Conference app is now available to download

2 Weeks to go to kick off for this year's APSAD Conference. Download the conference app to start planning sessions and put together your own schedule!

for further details regarding the APSAD Conference visit the the conference website