Conference ends on the importance of Peer Support

The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016 – alcohol – other drugs – behavioural addictions, prevention, treatment and recovery ended with keynote speaker Dr Michael Savic, Research Fellow, Turning Point presenting on the evidence, challenges and opportunities of utilising peer support – concluding that users are more than just a story and can help design the course for recovery.

Wrapping up after three days of discussion and collaborative learning addressing a variety of topics and complex and contemporary issues including  managing ice addiction, compulsive eating, as well as behavioural addictions, the conference was attended by over 250 people including a broad range mental health and addiction experts and those who are working with, or recovering from addiction.

The 2016 Addiction conference enabled the sharing of innovative strategies that can help improve the ability to treat  a range of addictive behaviours and approached addictions and comorbidity in mental health considering families, culture and our community. With a high quality program, feedback from delegates was very positive and after two days of collaborative learning around prevention and treatment techniques for a wide range of addictions, delegates took away new ideas, knowledge of the latest research and tools to help them to tackle the changing face of addiction.

On behalf of the conference host, thank you to the conference committee and the presenters for contributing to the discussions and collaboration throughout the conference.

A special thank you to our Keynote Presenters

Professor Jan Copeland – Director, National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, UNSW

Dr Sally McCarthy – Medical Director, Emergency Care Institute

Professor Richard Murray – Dean of Medicine and Head of School, College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University

A/Professor Nicole Lee  Senior Researcher, Flinders University

Dr Michael Savic – Research Fellow, Turning Point

Mr Garth Popple – Executive Director, We Help Ourselves (WHOS)

2016 Conference Advisory Committee:

  • Dr Matthew Berry – DPsych MAPS, Matthew Berry Consulting – Conference Chair
  • Mr Gerard Byrne – Clinical Director, The Salvation Army Recovery Services
  • 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

Conference Topics

  • Prevention & early intervention
  • Treatment approaches
  • Recovery
  • Research and policy
  • Working with vulnerable groups: Indigenous, youth, rural populations
  • Mental Health Impacts: decision making and drug use
  • Methamphetamine: Impact of ICE
  • Drug Addictions: trends and misuse
  • Custodial and forensic settings: programs and services
  • Addiction professional: support and training
  • Addictive disorders and attachment
  • Behavioural addictions: gaming, gambling, sex, online


2016 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

the-hader-clinic-logoThe Hader Clinic is a national Drug Rehabilitation Service providing both residential and out-patient services. Our residential programs based in Queensland and Victoria provide detox and rehabilitations programs for all addictive substances. Comprehensive after care programs are also provided to ensure long term success. With over 17 years of proven success the Hader Clinic is an established industry leader in abstinence based treatment.


IndiviorIndivior is the world leader in addiction treatment with over 20 years’ experience and a unique patient‐focused approach. Our endeavour is to understand the journey of individuals suffering with addiction. We partner with healthcare professionals, the public health community, policy makers, and payers to ensure people suffering from addiction are treated just like any other patients suffering from a chronic, relapsing medical condition.

At Indivior our endeavour is to focus on individual patients around the world. The patient continues to drive our decisions. Our guiding principles foster a corporate culture of trust, innovation, and a pioneering spirit. We work with the urgency and zeal required to achieve our vision of ensuring unrestricted access to high‐quality treatments for the chronic relapsing conditions and comorbidities of addiction.

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2015 Sponsors & Exhibitors

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