Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference

Prevention – Treatment - Recovery

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held at Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast on 15th – 17th May 2017.

Covering topics surrounding prevention, treatment and recovery the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will include presentations from leading sector specialists, researchers, psychologists and medical practitioners in addition to multiple concurrent streams, poster presentations and workshops.

Various types of addictions will be discussed – drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, sex, gaming, online, hoarding, compulsive shopping, steroids – as well as the various forms of treatment and paths to recovery. Of specific focus will be emerging trends; early intervention; best practice programs; case studies; legislation and legal impact; care and support; psychological well-being and dependency; as well as innovative solutions, in particular within rural and regional communities.

Topics include:

  • 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

Online registration open

Program available

Keynotes 2017


  • 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 includes:

  • 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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