Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference

Prevention – Treatment - Recovery

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast over the 15 – 17 May 2017.

Covering topics surrounding prevention, treatment and recovery the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will include presentations from leading sector specialists, researchers, psychologists and medical practitioners in addition to multiple concurrent streams, poster presentations and workshops.

Various types of addictions will be discussed – drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, sex, gaming, online, hoarding, compulsive shopping, steroids – as well as the various forms of treatment and paths to recovery. Of specific focus will be emerging trends; early intervention; best practice programmes; case studies; legislation and legal impact; care and support; psychological wellbeing and dependency; as well as innovative solutions, in particular within rural and regional communities.

Topics include:

  • Navigating the service system: how do we get the service system to meet the needs of the client.
  • Training and Support of AOD Workers: this looks at the development of people working within the sector including the supervision of support staff. It also focuses on providing support for staff who identify as lived experience.
  • Focus on issues within rural and remote communities – this involves multiple areas:
    • Access to treatments
    • Continuity of service
    • Support needs
    • Workforce training
    • Treatment planning and strategies
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups eg ATSI communities; maori; islander; multicultural; LGBTI; refugees etc
  • Emerging trends of addiction eg internet, sex, video gaming, steroids, prescription medicines etc and innovative solutions in treatment services including public versus private responses and the role of physical help in the recovery process.
  • Trauma informed services: working with people on their addiction treatment and recovery program who are experiencing or have experienced trauma – helping them to feel safe.
  • The lived experienced and their supporters: this topic covers self-help options; support mechanisms and systems for family and friends;  early intervention models; co-dependency; the multi-systemic system; intervention and support for families; addressing co-dependency in family systems.
  • Open

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Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, the Conference Advisory Committee would like to thank the 2016 Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Jan Copeland | Director, National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
  • Associate Professor Nicole Lee | National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
  • 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
  • Garth Popple | Executive Director, We Help Ourselves
  • Dr Michael Savic | Research Fellow, Turning Point

The 2017 Program includes:

Keynote Presentations
Up to 50 speakers over multiple concurrent streams
Poster presentations
Half day workshops
Exhibitor and sponsor displays
Meals for the duration of the conference
Welcome Reception
Access to the Presenter Podcasts post conference
An online copy of the Book of Proceedings


  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • Recovery Managers
  • Care Advisors
  • Clinical Services Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Treatment Managers
  • Healthcare Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social Workers
  • Therapy Advisors
  • Psychologists


  • Dr Matthew Berry, DPsych MAPS, Hurstwood  (Advisory Committee Chair)
  • Gerard Byrne, Clinical Director, The Salvation Army Recovery Services
  • Dr Robin-Marie Shepherd, University of Auckland School of Population Health, Academic Director of Communities & Addictions
  • Steve Stokes, Program Director, South Pacific Private
  • Kim Wood, Senior Practitioner, Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs, Lives Lived Well

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