The 5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference was 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 2019 program incorporated nine keynote speakers, over 50 concurrent presenters and six engaging workshops. This provided delegates with an opportunity to collaborate, earn professional development points, network and learn from like minded professionals.

In 2020, this conference will continue to promote and encourage participation from all parts of the sector towards a shared appreciation and learning of what medical, psychosocial and peer based approaches offer in the realm of addiction, 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 Amanda Baker, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
  • Professor Tom Calma, Chancellor, University of Canberra
  • Ms Linda Hipper, Director of Addiction Services, Academic Clinic Unit, Queensland Government, Metro South Health
  • Professor Brian McKenna, Professor in Forensic Mental Health, Auckland University of Technology
  • Mr Garth Popple, Executive Director, WHOS
  • Ms Paula Snowden, Chief Executive, PGF Group
  • Mr Tony Trimingham, CEO, Family Drug Support Australia
  • Ms Jenny Valentish, Author

Program Advisory Committee

  • Mr Gerard Byrne, State Manager AOD Queensland, State Manager AOD NSW/ACT, 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


  • 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

Important Dates

  • 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
  • SCHOLARSHIPS CLOSE: 30 April 2019
  • Full paper for non-peer review: 3 May 2019
  • Early bird registrations close: 29 March 2019

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
Peer Reviewer – University of the Sunshine Coast
At USC, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine aims to provide excellence in teaching and research across the disciplines of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Science. There is a strong emphasis on interprofessional learning and engagement with health agencies in the region. Students have opportunities to work closely with health services and health professionals to develop professional attributes during their coursework.

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