The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Annual State-Based Symposium

Annual State-Based Symposium

APSAD Sydney Symposium Travel Scholarships



Scholarship Opportunities for NSW and ACT regional members to attend the 2023 APSAD Symposium


The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday 17th July 2023.

We are pleased to be able to offer travel scholarship opportunities to attend the 2023 APSAD Sydney Symposium on Monday 24th July. We have a number of scholarships for rural and remote members in NSW and ACT.

Before applying, please ensure you have read the application guidelines below or download.


  • Facilitate attendance from regional areas.
  • Scholarships are intended for those who demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • Enrolled PhD student, Early Career Researcher, Mid-Career Researcher.


  • Scholarships are restricted to current APSAD members.
  • Applicants must reside in NSW.
  • A maximum of $500 per scholarship recipient will be provided.
  • Successful scholarship recipients will be required to organise their own travel and accommodation.
  • Successful scholarship recipients may be asked to write a short paragraph about what they gained from attending and learned at the symposium for inclusion in the member e-newsletter following the symposium.


Briefly explain why you are applying for support, what level of support you are requesting, and how you fulfill the eligibility category selected (up to 300 words).


Annual State-Based Symposium

APSAD holds annual practice based symposia across Australia and New Zealand. Symposia are held in a different state to the annual conference and are clinical focused.

APSAD Annual Symposium Locations

2022 -  Brisbane Symposium - The Future of Addiction Science

2023 -  Sydney Symposium - The Translsators: Research into Policy and Practice

2024 - Location to be announced


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


APSAD Members:

Standard Registration:
in-person: $180
virtual:     $80

Registration:  Through Eventbrite
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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)


The Future of Addiction Science Symposium

Symposium Banner v2We are excited to be holding our first in-person event for two years THE FUTURE OF ADDICTION SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM on Sunday 10th July 2022 in Brisbane.

When: Sunday 10 July 2022

Sofitel Brisbane Central
249 Turbot St Brisbane QLD

Cost: APSAD Members:  FREE
Non-members:     $110
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International Keynote Speaker

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Professor John Marsden

Professor of Addiction Psychology, Addictions Department,
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's
College London, and Editor-in-Chief of Addiction.

Keynote presentation on:
Formulation-Driven and Measurement-Based Care.

Also featuring presentations by APSAD experts; 

Prof Michael Farrell, Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW, and former APSAD President

A/Prof Caroline Salom, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland

Emeritus Professor Wayne Hall, National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research

Emeritus Professor David Kavanagh, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Gabrielle Campbell, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

Prof Robin Room, Distinguished Professor Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Editor-in-Chief, Drug and Alcohol Review

A/Prof Suzanne Nielsen, Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre, Melbourne; NHMRC Career Development Fellow; Senior Editor, Drug and Alcohol Review

Prof Amanda Baker, National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

Dr Gary Chan, Senior Research Fellow National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland; Deputy Statistical and Methodology Editor, Addiction

The day will end with a panel discussion on The Future of Addiction Science with John Marsden, Robin RoomGary Chan, Amanda Baker, Caroline Salom and Suzanne Nielsen.



You can download a copy of the program

 0900 - 1000 Networking and Light Breakfast
1000 - 1015

Welcome to Country

Welcome to the Symposium

Songwoman Maroochy

Zoe Walter

 1015 - 1055


Formulation Driven and Measurement Based Care

John Marsden
1055 - 1135 Research with Data Linkage and Big Data: Risks and Opportunities into the Future Michael Farrell
1135 - 1200 Using Drug Trends Data to Future Proof Addiction Policy and Treatment Caroline Salom
1200 - 1300 Networking and Lunch
1300 - 1335 How May the Global Spread of Cannabis Legislation Affect the Cannabis Problems that Addiction Treatment Services Will Need to Deal With? Wayne Hall
1335 - 1410 The Future of E-Health in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector David Kavanagh
1410 - 1435 Could Re-defining ‘Addiction’ Help Reduce the Risk of Problematic Medicine Use Gabrielle Campbell
1435 - 1530

The Future of Addiction Science

Q&A with the Panel

John Marsden
Amanda Baker
Robin Room
Suzanne Nielsen
Caroline Salom
Gary Chan
1530 - 1535 Symposium Close Leanne Hides
1535 - 1600 Networking and Afternoon Tea