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.


Early Bird closes 16 April

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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
  • Dr Suzanne Nielsen, Senior Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW
  • 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

2017 Conference Partners