The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs


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These webinars are part of the Specialty Society Webinar Service pilot that is being undertaken by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in partnership with its affiliated speciality societies.

There were three webinars held in 2018, recordings from these webinars are available below.

APSAD Members receive invitations to join all upcoming webinars directly to their inbox. 

 2018 Webinar Recordings

Webinar 1: Medical Cannabis and the Addictions
Professor Nicholas Lintzeris

There is increasing interest globally in the use of cannabinoids (most notably THC and CBD) in the treatment of a number of health conditions. Medical cannabis introduces a range of issues for the AoD sector that we engage with. This webinar will:

  • Provide a brief overview of medical cannabis in Australia – including regulatory models and products that can be legally accessed.
  • Examine the use of medical cannabis products in the treatment of substance use disorders – including cannabis, alcohol and opioid use disorders
  • Examine issues regarding cannabis use disorder in patients using medical cannabis for other conditions – including identification, prevention and management of patients at risk of, or who have cannabis use disorder related to their medical cannabis use.

To watch the recording click here. 


Webinar 2: The Non-Medical Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids: The Challenges Faced by the AoD & Medical Fields
Dr Matthew Dunn

There is increasing interest in the non-medical use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), with some suggesting we are facing a ‘looming public health problem’. The use of these and other performance and image enhancing substances pose some unique challenges for the AOD and medical fields.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of the types of substances people use;
  • Outline the purposes for use and the contexts within which they are used;
  • Present the short- and long-term effects experienced; and
  • Consider how the medical community can engage this group.

To watch the recording click here.


Webinar 3: Depot Buprenorphine - On the horizon
Dr Adrian Dunlop

This webinar will:

  • Provide a brief summary of two depot buprenorphine preparations in the process of being registered in Australia: Buvidal weekly and monthly and Sublocade
  • Discuss current clinical trials in Australia with these medications
  • Discuss prescribing issues with depot buprenorphine preparations
  • Explore medium and long-term possible impacts on the opiate treatment system in Australia

To watch the recording click here.


The views expressed by presenters and speakers are not necessarily the views of APSAD, and the Society does not accept responsibility for any information, research, recommendation or advice presented.