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
- Prevention & early intervention
- Treatment approaches
- 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