The 5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held at the Sea World Resort Conference Centre, Gold Coast on Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 May 2019.

This annual conference offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family.

The 2019 program will incorporate nine keynote speakers, over 50 concurrent presenters and six engaging workshops, giving delegates an opportunity to collaborate, earn professional development points, network and learn from like minded professionals. This conference promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation and learning of what medical, psychosocial and peer based approaches offer, through the experiences of service users, clinicians and researchers.

The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference is an initiative of the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Inc, a non-government, not for profit organisation.

Featured Speakers


  • Professor Brian McKenna, Professor in Forensic Mental Health, Auckland University of Technology
  • Ms Jenny Valentish, Author
  • Professor Amanda Baker, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
  • Ms Linda Hipper, Director of Addiction Services, Academic Clinic Unit, Queensland Government, Metro South Health
  • Mr Garth Popple, Executive Director, WHOS
  • Ms Paula Snowden, Chief Executive, PGF Group
  • Mr Tony Trimingham, CEO, Family Drug Support Australia
  • Professor Tom Calma, Chancellor, University of Canberra

Program Advisory Committee

  • Mr Gerard Byrne, Clinical Director, The Salvation Army Recovery Services (co-chair)
  • Dr Christine Palmer, Lecturer in Nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast (co-chair)
  • Dr Maria Bellringer, Associate Director, Gambling & Addictions Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology
  • Mr Steve Stokes, Steve Stokes Counselling and Consulting
  • Ms Anni Hine Moana, PhD Candidate, Latrobe University

2019 Conference Topics


  • Identifying risk factors
  • Resilience and resistance to addiction
  • Harm reduction


  • Primary care and brief interventions
  • Residential therapeutic communities
  • Cognitive skills and emotion regulation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Behaviour control, inhibition training, mindfulness
  • Technology and internet assisted treatment
  • Practical models of treatment, comorbidity
  • Complex pain management
  • Peer support

Systematic responses

  • Family support and care
  • Recovery programs
  • Evidence based Interventions

The Worker

  • Support, training, mentoring and supervising
  • Understanding and working with clients

Working with varying populations

  • Gender, age, demographic considerations and implications for treatment
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, considerations
  • New emerging population groups
  • Youth Early Intervention, practice models

Behaviour, Addiction and Mental Health

  • Harm reduction
  • Social isolation – risk factors, outcomes
  • Symptoms, pre-condition, relapse challenges
  • Reducing stigma
  • Neuroscience
  • Brain and addiction

Forensic treatment

  • Prison system
  • Community


  • 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
  • Networking Function
  • Access to the Presenter Podcasts post conference
  • An online copy of the Book of Proceedings

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

Important Dates

  • Abstracts open: September 2018
  • Abstracts close: 6 February 2019
  • Notification to authors: 15 February 2019
  • Author acceptances: 22 February 2019
  • Draft program available: 25 February 2019
  • Presentation amendments: 22 March 2019
  • Presenter registration and payment: 22 March 2019
  • Full papers for peer review: 29 March 2019
  • Full paper for non-peer review: 3 May 2019
  • Early bird registrations close: 29 March 2019

Proposed Program 2019

Monday 13th May 2019
08:30 – 09:00 Conference Opening Session
09:00 – 10:30 Keynote Session
10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea with exhibitors and poster displays
11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch with exhibitors and poster displays
13:30 – 15:00 Concurrent Sessions
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea with exhibitors and poster displays
15:30 – 17:00 Concurrent Sessions
17.00 – 18.00 Networking Function
Tuesday 14th May 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Keynote Session
10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea with exhibitors and poster displays
11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch with exhibitors and poster displays
13:30 – 15:00 Concurrent Sessions
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea with exhibitors and poster displays
15:30 – 17:00 Keynote Session & Conference Close
Wednesday 15th May 2019
09:00 – 10:30 Workshop Session 1 (Choice of 3 workshops)
10:30 – 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 – 12:30 Workshop Session 2 (Choice of 3 workshops)

The Conference Advisory Committee would like to thank the 2018 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 2019 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

2019 Conference Partners