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Important Information

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.


  • 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

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Open: Tuesday 11 October 2016
  • Abstracts Close: Monday 6 February 2017
  • Notification to Presenters: Friday 17 February 2017
  • Author Acceptance Due: Friday 3 March 2017
  • Draft Program Available: Monday 6 March 2017
  • Speaker Registration & Payment Due: Monday 27 March 2017
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: Monday 3 April 2017
  • Full Papers for Non-Peer Review: Monday 8 May 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Closes: Monday 3 April 2017

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations should be of 30 minutes duration (20-25 minute presentations with 5-10 minute discussion). Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of poster presentation instead.


Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays.

Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.
Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes.

Posters will be displayed in the exhibition area and for the duration of the conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Peer Review

All accepted presenters will have the opportunity to have their full paper peer reviewed and published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN. Please indicate if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the conference proceedings for which you request peer refereeing on the submission form.

Terms and Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in conference material, including but not limited to, the conference blog, Book of abstracts, email promotion.
All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract

All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the conference secretariat for further information.

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