Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference

Prevention – Treatment - Recovery

The 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference was held on the Gold Coast from the 15th – 17th May. The program included 8 inspirational and innovative keynote presenters, 45 concurrent speakers and 4 workshops.

The 2017 Conference Program focused on practical solutions and knowledge that directly benefits those who suffer from addiction. Presenters focused not only upon what they had discovered, but also how delegates can apply this information when returning to their patients, clients and friends.

The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference would like to thank those who participated in this year’s Conference; especially the speakers who provided beneficial, powerful and thought-provoking presentations, our Gold Sponsors (Indivior & The Hader Clinic) and Partners, the Program Advisory Committee and our Delegates! Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated and we are looking forward to welcoming you all back next year.

2018 Conference dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Resource Centre is now available for the conference delegates. This includes podcasts of the presentations, photos and some PowerPoint presentations. Please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat should you have any questions.


Topics included:

  • Navigating the service system
  • Training and Support of AOD workers
  • Issues within rural and remote communities
  • Cultural safety and sensitivity when working with specific population groups
  • Emerging trends
  • Trauma informed services
  • The lived experience and their supporters

The Program Committee would like to thank the 2017 keynote speakers

  • Associate Professor Petra Staiger, School of Psychology, Deakin University
  • Professor Olaf Drummer, Deputy Director Academic Programs, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Professor Michael Farrell, Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Dr Andrew Campbell,  Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Murat Yucel, Head of Addiction Program of Research, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), Monash University
  • Talitha Cummins, Journalist, Newsreader, Speaker & Advocate for change
  • Associate Professor Sally McCarthy, Clinical Director Emergency Care Institute, Agency for Clinical Innovation, NSW
  • Dr Tim MacDonald, Director of Dual Diagnosis, Currumbin Clinic

The 2017 Program included:

  • 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, Steve Stokes Counselling and Consulting
  • Kim Wood, Senior Practitioner, Dual Diagnosis and Complex Needs, Lives Lived Well

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