The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

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APSAD’s media release regarding the defunding of ADCA

MEDIA RELEASE 27 November 2013
Professional body representing alcohol and other drugs sector urges government not to abandon vital services in drastic funding cut.
The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD) has expressed strong disappointment at the Commonwealth government’s decision, announced yesterday, to discontinue funding for the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA).
APSAD is the Asia Pacific's leading multidisciplinary organisation for professionals involved in the alcohol and other drug field including health professionals, researchers and frontline clinicians from major universities, research institutes, treatment facilities and healthcare agencies.
APSAD President Dr Rose Neild said the news of ADCA’s de-funding and voluntary administration was an unwelcome shock to the sector.
“As the peak national body for non-governmental agencies working to reduce problems from alcohol and other drugs, ADCA played an important role in bringing the experience and knowledge of agencies and professionals to bear on treatment and prevention policies and their implementation across Australia,” Dr Neild said.
“ADCA’s National Drug Sector Information Service, run with resources from the federal government, has been the primary resource for agencies and workers in the field concerning the relevant clinical and research literatures which form the basis of evidence-based practice and policy.
“APSAD considers that these two functions must continue to be filled, and urges the Commonwealth government to continue to provide resources for these functions.”
News of the government’s decision came as 500 alcohol and other drug experts from around the country and overseas gather in Brisbane at APSAD 2013, Australasia’s largest and most comprehensive annual summit on alcohol and other drugs.
APSAD is dedicated to increasing the profile of the issues related to the use of alcohol and other drugs, through the dissemination of information from the wide range of professions involved in this field. In addition, we strive to promote improved standards in clinical practice and in research into this and allied subjects. It also provides a network of drug and alcohol professionals in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.
APSAD is dedicated to:
• promoting evidence-based improvements in the treatment and prevention of drug and alcohol-related problems
• raising awareness about the problems related to the use of alcohol and other drugs
• promoting best standards in research in the drug and alcohol field
• providing development and support to professionals working in the drug and alcohol field.
For further information visit Dr Rose Neild is available for interview.
Please contact:
Carol Moore, Moore Public Relations
02 9560 2826, 0402 382 363, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) updated Mental Health Advice Book.

This publication is designed to help practitioners apply existing mental health knowledge and expertise to veterans

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) popular Mental Health Advice Book: for treating veterans with common mental health problems, first printed in 2007, has been extensively revised and updated to assist practitioners to deliver the most effective mental health treatment for veterans. This resource offers best-practice in assessment, formulation and treatment of common mental health problems and now includes DVD of relevant case studies and information on complex case formulation. 

The book is available on DVA’s new website At Ease Professional in both an online format and a downloadable PDF or order a hard copy.

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Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services

Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services - request for submissions

The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) has released its Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2014-15 for public consultation.  The Pricing Framework is fundamental to the National Health Reform Agreement and underpins the annual national efficient price (NEP) and national efficient cost (NEC) for Australian public hospitals. It includes pricing guidelines which explain key decisions made by IHPA, and the principles and methodology adopted by IHPA to determine the NEP and NEC. More importantly, the framework also asks for views on specific issues such as:

-       Are any amendments required to IHPA pricing guidelines?;

-       What IHPA should consider in a formal evaluation of the introduction of ABF?

-       What should be added or removed from the list of eligible public hospital services?

-       What should be priority areas for development in each of the classification systems in the coming 12 months?

 Please refer to the consultation document for more information.

Submissions are due no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, 30 July 2013. The College Policy and Advocacy unit will be preparing a response to this consultation document and seeks the views of Fellows and trainees on the consultation questions raised by IHPA. Please send your views to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by COB 19 July 2013.

Alternatively, if you would like to prepare an individual submission, submissions should be emailed as an accessible Word document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


APSAD Conference Registration Now Opened

Registration is now OPENED for this year's APSAD Conference. 

This year's APSAD conference will take place on the 24 - 27 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane. 

Be sure to register by 4 September 2013 to take advantage of the discounted early bird rates.

Visit the APSAD Conference website for all the details on registration, the program, and keynote speakers.

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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

2017 APSAD Award winners


Pay your APSAD Membership Subscription Online

It's almost June and time for the new membership year. We'll be emailing out invoices for 2013/14 Membership subscriptions at the end of May.

We accept payments through our website, go to the Renew page to pay your 2013 membership fee. All payments are secure through PayPal, you don't need a PayPal account and we have discounted rates if you pay for more then one year's membership.

We also have a Direct Debit option where you authorise us to debit your account on 1 June each year until you ask us to stop.

We also accept payment via EFT, credit card (Visa and MasterCard only), and cheque.

Professor David Nutt confirmed keynote for APSAD 2013 Conference

APSAD is delighted to announce that Professor David Nutt has been confirmed as keynote speaker for our 2013 Conference. 
For further information for the APSAD Conference - 


on behalf of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA)



On October 8, 2012, thirteen of world’s largest alcohol producers issued a set of commitments to reduce the harmful use of alcohol worldwide.  The commitments were issued in support of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol.

As an independent coalition of public health professionals, health scientists and NGO representatives, we have written a public letter that is addressed to the WHO Director General in response to the recent initiatives of the global alcohol producers. Based on their lack of support for effective alcohol policies, their misinterpretation of the Global Strategy’s provisions, and their lobbying against effective public health measures, we believe that the alcohol industry’s inappropriate commitments must be met with a united response from global health community.They are now asking qualified professionals throughout the world to review the attached Statement of Concern, and indicate their endorsement.



2012 Conference Poster & Late Breakers Winners

The calibre for this year’s Poster Session at the APSAD annual conference was outstanding with all disciplines from research to clinical being well represented.  APSAD would like to give thanks and acknowledge the Poster Tour Guides who generously gave up their time to take delegates on guided tours of the Poster Session.

Thank you to the Poster Session Tour Guides!

Jan Copeland
Alison Ritter
Robert West
John Marsden
Kypros Kypri
Leanne Hides
Robin Room
Congratulations to all the winners from the Poster Session!
Special mention and thank you to the Poster judges Alison Ritter, John Marsden, and Robert West.

  • Poster Prize Winner: Peter Miller & Nic Droste
  •  Runner Up: Angela Rintoul
Honourable Mentions
Rachel M Deacon
Alex Grove
Qian Wang
Kevin Foreman
David Allsop


Late Breaker Prize Winner
Joseph Van Buskirk


Runners up
Katherine McLachlan
Petra Staiger



Express your interest for the 2013 APSAD CONFERENCE in Brisbane CLICK HERE