The 2018 Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference was held at QT Gold Coast from Monday 28th – Wednesday 30th May.

A program full of inspiring speakers, world-first research projects and remarkable advancements in the world of addiction treatment all contributed to the success of this two-day conference, followed up by a selection of engaging half day workshops.

As a pinnacle event in the realm of addiction, our annual conference preceded its reputation for offering an array of networking and education opportunities for industry professionals.

A huge thank you to our Keynotes, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2018 Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference a great success.

We are in the process of creating our 2019 program.

Stay tuned for updates.

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  • 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

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Open: August 2017
  • Abstracts close: 16 February
  • Notification to Presenters: 19 February
  • Presenter Acceptances Due: 1 March
  • Draft Program Available: 5 March
  • Presentation Amendments: 26 March
  • Full Papers for Peer Review: 16 April
  • Early Bird Registrations Close: 16 April
  • Presenter Registration Due: 9 April 2018
  • Full Papers for Non-Peer Review: 21 May

Who Will Attend

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


Featured Speakers


  • Professor Matthew Rockloff, Head of the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory, Central Queensland University
  • Dr Janet Hammill, Honorary Fellow, Perinatal Research Group, University of Queensland
  • Professor Dan Lubman, Director, Turning Point
  • Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch, Executive Officer & Honorary Principal Fellow, Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association & Faculty of Social Services, University of Wollongong
  • Associate Professor Chris Wilkins, Drugs Team Leader, SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University New Zealand
  • Dr John Reilly, Chief Psychiatrist, Queensland Health
  • Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen, Monash Addiction Research Centre, Monash University
  • Mr Nasir Sobhani, Founder, The Streets Barber
  • Dr Wole Akosile, Addiction Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist, Currumbin Clinic

Learning Outcomes

On completion of your attendance at the 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference we are confident you will walk away with a wide range of key facts, findings and experiences from industry champions and that will assist your role and organisation within the addiction sector.

Full conference attendance will incorporate the following six (6) ‘take home’ learning outcomes:

1. Describe a range of new approaches and programs available for treatment, recovery and transition/integration into the community
2. Recall implementation of public responses and initiatives in regional, rural and urban environments
3. Discover latest trends, research and findings
4. Review training opportunities and resources for addiction practitioners, specialists or clients
5. Identify up-to-date interventions and relapse strategies
6. Identify further links between substance abuse and behaviour changes

Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2017

Professor Murat Yücel

Ms Talitha Cummins

Associate Professor Sally McCarthy

2018 Conference Partners