Invitation to Submit

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a 30-minute oral presentation; a poster presentation; or a panel presentation which addresses one or more of the conference topics. The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

All proposals will be reviewed by the program committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract.

Conference Topics


  • Risk factors for addiction
  • Resilience/ resistance to addiction
  • Harm reduction


  • Primary care and brief interventions
  • Residential therapeutic communities
  • Cognitive skills and emotion regulation
  • Trauma, PTSD
  • Behaviour control, inhibition training, mindfulness
  • Technology and internet assisted treatment
  • Models of treatment, comorbidity

Behaviour and addiction

  • Fear of Missing out (FOMO)
  • Pathological Internet Use (PIU)
  • Trolling, texting, social media
  • Social isolation – risk factors, outcomes
  • Symptoms, pre-condition, relapse issue

Systematic responses

  • Family support and care throughout the process
  • Recovery programs
  • Interventions

Interaction between substance abuse and mental health illness

  • Practical tools
  • Understanding and working with clients

The Worker

  • Support, training, mentoring and supervising

Targeted Populations

  • Gender, age, demographic considerations and implications for treatment
  • New emerging population groups

Forensic treatment

  • Prison system
  • Community

Important Dates

  • 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

Abstract Submission - OPEN

Note: Presenting authors for oral and poster presentations are required to register for the conference and pay. A discounted registration is offered for all presenters.  Speaker and poster registrations must be paid by 5pm Monday 29 January 2018.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentation and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study. Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of a poster presentation.


Panel Presentations

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is to comprise of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and panelists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panelists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panelist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.


Workshops will require an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays. Workshops will be delivered for 90 minutes. The format should focus on offering participants an interactive information session. Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation.

Submissions should include an outline of the workshop objectives:

  • Background
  • Who should attend
  • Structure of workshop
  • Intended outcomes

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the catering areas and for the duration of the conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted speaker registration.

Other Information

Book of Proceedings

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN under the Peer Reviewed or Non Peer Reviewed section. Please indicate on the submission form if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Book of Proceedings. Please contact the Conference Secretariat for the paper guidelines.

Peer Review

If you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration of publication in the proceedings for which you require peer refereeing, please forward your full paper by Monday 16 April 2018.

Non Peer Review

All presenters have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN. Papers for the non peer reviewed section will be accepted Monday 21 May 2018.

Terms & Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is  9 April 2018.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference material, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Abstracts, Association Journal and Social Media.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.