Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference

The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May with optional workshops on Wednesday 30 May at QT Gold Coast.

The 4th annual conference will cover a broad range of topics that will include prevention, treatment, systematic responses, behaviours, mental health and harm reduction in relation to all types of addiction.  The program will include emerging trends and the various addictive habits of alcohol and other drugs, gambling, internet, sex, gaming,  food, shopping, pyromania, kleptomania to name a few.

The conference promotes and encourages participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation of what medical, psychosocial and peer based approaches offer, through the experiences of service users, clinicians and researchers alike.  Presenters are encouraged to focus on not only what they have discovered but also on how delegates can apply their learnings.


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Who Will Attend

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

Important Dates

  • Abstracts Open: August 2017
  • Abstracts close: 5 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


  • 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

Featured Speakers

Professor Matthew Rockloff, Head of Population Research Laboratory, Central Queensland University

Prof. Matthew Rockloff completed a Ph.D. in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1999, and is the current Head of the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory at CQUniversity. Prof Rockloff was named in the Top 10 Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Find out more…

Other Confirmed Featured Speakers

  • 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

Invited Featured Speakers

  • Professor Doug Sellman, Director, National Addiction Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Associate Professor Christopher Wilkins, Drugs Team Leader, SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, College of Health, Massey University New Zealand
  • Ms Linda Hipper, Director of Addiction Services Academic Clinic Unit, Metro South Hospital and Health Services

Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2017

Professor Murat Yücel

Ms Talitha Cummins

Associate Professor Sally McCarthy

Venue and Accommodation

QT Gold Coast Hotel

Setting a new standard of designer Surfers Paradise accommodation, QT Gold Coast hotel is deliberately intended to inspire conversation and arrest the senses. Guests can indulge in the vibrant beachside location and the unique Gold Coast spirit. For guests and locals alike, QT Gold Coast is an entertainment destination. The Baja California cool of Stingray Lounge has become the premier hangout of Gold Coast’s ‘it’ crowd. The unique marketplace style dining at Bazaar is reason enough for many guests to return.

QT Gold Coast is only a one-minute walk to the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach, or one block from the dining and entertainment hotspots found on Cavill and Orchid Avenues. QT Gold Coast is 60 minutes from Brisbane and 25 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport.

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