The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Sydney Symposium 2023

The Translators: Research into Policy & Practice

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THE TRANSLATORS: RESEARCH INTO POLICY & PRACTICE was held Monday 24th July 2023  in Sydney and online.

When: Monday 24 July 2023

NSW Teachers Federation
Conference Centre

37 Reservoir St Surry Hills NSW


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Keynote Speaker

alison_ritter_005.jpgProfessor Alison Ritter AO

Professor Alison Ritter AO is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) at the University of New South Wales. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow leading a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy. Alison is a past President of APSAD and former Executive Editor of the Society's journal Drug and Alcohol Review.

Alison will set the scene and explore what it takes to translate research into policy and practice, followed by leading AOD practitioners and researchers exploring;

  • re-thinking drinking using the Grog App: Implications for practice and research,
  • application of mental health and AOD evidence into practice,
  • outcomes and experience informing treatment,
  • harm reduction approaches and policy, and
  • the day will end with a discussion panel.

Speakers included

  • Adj A/Prof Scott Wilson, Director, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (ADAC), Co-Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Indigenous Health and Alcohol
  • Mr Jimmy Perry, Project Officer, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (ADAC)
  • A/Prof Kylie Lee, Deputy Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Indigenous Health and Alcohol 
  • Prof Kate Conigrave, Conjoint Professor, Addiction Medicine, Head, Indigenous Health and Substance Use, Addiction Medicine, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney, Co-Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Indigenous Health and Alcohol 
  • Dr Marguerite Tracy, Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School, General Practice Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
  • Ms Taleah Reynolds, Administrative and Research Support Officer, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney
  • Dr Christina Marel, Senior Research Fellow and Program Lead of Treatment and Translation among Complex Populations, Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use
  • A/Prof Shalini Arunogiri, Clinical Director, Statewide Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Turning Point
  • Dr Alana Fisher, Research Fellow, Macquarie University, and Consumer Engagement Manager, MQ Health, eCentreClinic, MindSpot
  • Ms Priti Thadhani, Psychologist and Clinic Manager, MQ Health, MindSpot, Macquarie University
  • Prof Leanne Hides, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, APSAD President
  • Dr Robert Stirling, CEO, Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA)
  • Ms Holly Stokes, Research and Outcomes Coordinator, Lives Lived Well
  • Mr Chris Gough, Executive Director, Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)
  • Ms Julia Smith, Manager Intelligence Fusion Teams, National Intelligence Centre (NIC), Police National Headquarters, New Zealand Police
  • Ms Penny Hill, Adjunct Fellow, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs (NCCRED)