7–8 June 2018, Sydney

Program and speakers

NADA invites members and delegates of the NADA Conference 2018 to attend these free one-day workshops.

Magnifying motivational interviewing workshop

6 June 2018
Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW

This interactive workshop will balance self-reflection with skill development. This includes theoretical, evidence based, and practical content to enable you to enhance your motivational interviewing and counselling skills.

Register on the NADA website

Well beings: A workshop on workplace wellbeing for managers and supervisors

6 June 2018
Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW

This interactive workshop will provide managers and supervisors with the opportunity to reflect on their own practice and their workplace. Participants will learn practical strategies for creating a workplace environment, culture and practices that proactively enhance workforce health, wellbeing and resilience.

Register on the NADA website

An exciting two days are in-store

Keep up-to-date with the latest evidence based research and practice. This conference will cover essential content for frontline staff and managers in the AOD sector; sectors working with clients with AOD issues; researchers with an interest in community responses to AOD; policy makers and funders; and clients, consumers and carers.

The keynote speakers and two new pre-conference workshops have been announced; be sure to explore the above tabs.

Download the final program

Panel discussion: Access and equity for AOD treatment

It takes an extraordinary amount of courage for our clients and their supporters to reach out for assistance—they face overwhelming experiences of stigma even before they make that call or walk in the door. Are clients being turned away for the very reasons they seek help? Could we be doing more to facilitate access to our services? The pressures of limited resources and concerns about complex client needs can get in the way of ensuring consumers get equal access to treatment. Join us for some lively discussion about what we can do to enhance equity for all clients and the people who support them to get the right treatment at the right time.

Facilitated by Dr Marianne Jauncey, our expert panel will explore how we can break down the barriers our clients experience to access and engage in supportive treatment and how we embed human rights into AOD practice.

  • Dr Marianne Jauncey, Sydney MSIC—Facilitator
  • Dr Manuel Cardoso, General-Directorate for Interventionon Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Portugal
  • Diego Rivera, NSW Users and AIDS Association
  • Paul Hardy, Community Restorative Centre
  • Grace Rullis, The Haymarket Foundation
  • Jennifer Atkinson, Calvary Riverina

NADA members may be eligible to receive a travel subsidy to attend the conference. Download the travel subsidy guidelines and the application form.

Ministerial welcome

Dr Kerry Chant PSM Chief Health Officer, Deputy Secretary Population and Public Health, NSW Ministry of Health

International keynote

Manuel CardosoManuel Cardoso Deputy General-Director, General-Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Lisbon, Portugal.
Manuel will share the impact of decriminalisation on integrated responses and delivery of treatment services in Portugal. He will provide us with a keynote on the current state of play in Portugal and how this dramatic change in policy has shaped the way people who use drugs are treated—breaking down experiences of stigma and increasing opportunities for people to reach out for support.

Read a background for Manuel's keynote.


Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson (Honorary) Educator, Researcher, Writer, Patron of the We Al-li Trust
Emeritus Professor Atkinson will share 'lessons I have learnt in working at the coal face—despair when I realise, that in many instances, the services provided to Aboriginal clients are not up to standard'.

Professor Leanne Hides NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Lives Lived Well Professor of Alcohol, Drugs & Mental Health, University of Queensland
This session will discuss the current evidence base for, and innovations in, the treatment of primary and comorbid substance use disorders in young people.

Professor Margaret Hamilton AO Chair, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs of Concern

Associate Professor Nadine Ezard Director, National Centre for Clinical Research on Emerging Drugs of Concern
Professor Hamilton and Associate Professor Ezard will provide an overview of the centre and will seek your feedback on how frontline workers can inform its priorities.

Regina Brindle Consumer Participation Facilitator, UnitingCare ReGen
Regina will explore how—in addition to our personal drive, theory and practice—involving consumers as key players in your service is vital to enable systemic change.

Nicole Laupepa Manager, Rosalie House Drug Health Day Program, St Vincent de Paul NSW Specialist Drug and Alcohol Network
Nicole is a proud Gamilaraay woman. In this session she will share her story of transforming the delivery of the Rosalie House day program into the local Aboriginal community.

Rodney Vlais Consultant, Policy Advisor, Researcher and Trainer in Perpetrator Interventions and Perpetrator Intervention Systems
For an AOD practitioner, working therapeutically with a client who uses domestic and family violence can raise ethical, conceptual and practice complexities. What is, and isn't, my role? How might I incorporate the client's use of violence into case planning and interventions, while still working towards his best interests? What does it mean to keep in mind the safety of those affected by the violence? This keynote will invite practitioners and program managers to reflect on what engaging perpetrators might mean in AOD service provision contexts.

Ministerial address

The Hon. Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research

Supported by

New South Wales Health
Australian Government Department of Health

Major sponsors

Accounting for Good
Procare AUstralia