The Conference, hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, will include workshops, presentations and forums dedicated to sharing skills and understanding in the treatment of all addictive disorders, including alcohol and other drugs, behavioural addictions, and the emerging field of online compulsive behaviour in both adults and children.

18 May 2016 to 20 May 2016 | Gold Coast

A priority aim of this Conference will also be to deepen our understanding around the interrelationship of addictive disorders between each other, as well as with mental health, family, community, and culture.

The Conference promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation of what medical, psycho-social and peer-based approaches can offer, through the experiences of service users, clinicians, and researchers alike.

2016 Conference Advisory Committee:

  • Dr Matthew Berry, DPsych MAPS, Matthew Berry Consulting – Conference Chair
  • Mr Gerard Byrne, Clinical Director, The Salvation Army
  • Ms Caterina Giorgi, Director, Policy and Research, FARE
  • Mr Trevor King, Manager of Therapeutic Services, ReGen
  • Mr Geoff Munro, National Policy Manager, Australian Drug Foundation

Who should attend?

  • Addiction Treatment Counsellors
  • Case Workers
  • CEO’s, Managers and Leaders of Addiction Treatment Centres
  • Clinical Nurses
  • Clinical Directors
  • Counsellors
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social and Youth Workers
  • Lecturers, Researchers and Policy Advocates

A special thank you to our 2015 Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Bernard Balleine, Brain & Mind Research Institute, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Professor David Best, Professor of Criminology, Department of Law and Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and visiting Research Fellow at Turning Point and Monash University
  • Associate Professor Lucinda Burns, Senior Lecturer, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales
  • Mr Stephen Ling,  Nurse Practitioner (NP), Drug and Alcohol Consultation Liaison Service, John Hunter Hospital,  Hunter New England Local Health District and Conjoint Teacher, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Christine Palmer, Lecturer, Flinders University and Ms Maria Maver, Consumer
  • Dr Vladan Starcevic, MD, PhD, FRANZCP, A/Professor of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School – Nepean, The University of Sydney and Department of Psychiatry Nepean Hospital

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