Welcome to Day 1: Welcome to Country and keynote speakers
Conference welcome: Robert Stirling (Chief Executive Officer, NADA)
Official introduction: Julie Babineau (NADA President)
Welcome - on behalf of Dr Kerry CHant: Daniel Madeddu (Executive Director, NSW Ministry of Health)
Welcome to Country: Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and smoking ceremony
Keynote introduction: Liz Gal (Consumer Engagement Coordinator, NADA)
Keynote: Karah Davis, Justin Baylis and Jack Cook, Weave Youth Advocates
Keynote: Raechel Wallace (Aboriginal Program Manager, NADA) and Clifford Cutmore (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Mentor, WHOS)
Launch: Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation Network (ADARRN)
Keynote speakers continued
Keynote introduction: Dr Suzie Hudson (Clinical Director, NADA)
Keynote: Dr Daryl Chow will explore why people disengage from treatment so early and ways to increase engagement with clients' right from the first session to reduce dropout rates and achieve better outcomes.
Keynote introduction: Robert Stirling (Chief Executive Officer, NADA)
Keynote: Professor Alison Ritter will present the findings and future implications of the study that explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the non government alcohol and other drug sector.
Stream: Consumer engagement
Chair: Fabian Galbraith (Consumer Representative and NADA Consumer Board Subcommittee Member) and Kevin Street (Consumer Representative and NADA Consumer Board Subcommittee Member) Engaging consumers to devise an intervention around sexualised drug use for gay and bisexual men and transgender women, Jack Freestone, Justin Xiao, ACON
Peer workers in the homelessness sectorâ€”building connections to drug treatment and support for people who are newly housed, Liz Gal, Fiona Murray, NEAMI
Encouraging and celebrating the talents and skills of group members, and peer support leaders, Peter Baird, Project HOPE and THRIVE Alcohol Tobacco and other Drug Counselling, Each, Victoria
Gender affirmation is harm reduction, Elliott McMahon, Hiro McLeman and Dettie Browne, Thorne Harbour Health
Evaluation of the NADA consumer participation project, Loren Brener, University of NSW
Making the most of online mutual aid SMART Recovery programs in the COVID era, Angela Pickering and Daniel Raffell, SMART Recovery
Stream: Harm reduction approaches
Chair: Mary Harrod (NUAA) Build bridges between my people and health services, Donna Garcia, WA Hepatitis (virtual)
Surviving the crisis: Frontline response to overdose in the housing crisis, Elliott McMahon and Lucy Burnett, Launch Housing, Narrm, Melbourne
Broadening access to take home naloxone across NSW health and welfare services, Angela Matheson, Ministry of Health
GROUPS 4 BELONGING - a social identity and CBT informed intervention to reduce loneliness amongst people accessing addiction treatment services, Associate Professor Peter Kelly, University of Wollongong
Progress towards elimination of hepatitis C infection among people who inject drugs in Australia: The ETHOS Engage Study, Heather Valerio, Kirby Institute
Stream: NGO service development - innovation and outcome
Chair: Fadil Pedic (NSW Ministry of Health) and Dr Suzie Hudson (NADA) Bourke Street Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander project, Peter Valpiani, Haymarket Foundation
DAMEC consumer participation strategy, Alex Freeman, DAMEC
Evaluating the effectiveness of telehealth options for young people accessing support, Lauren Mullaney, Triple Care Farm Mission Australia
Accurate assessment of, and response to suicide risk among clients attending the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, Dr Brennan Geiger, Black Dog and Medically Supervised Injecting Centre
COVID-19 connectivity project, Bronwyn Hendry, Directions
Development of online telehealth resources to support women during the COVID-19 period and to continue post pandemic whilst still out in the community, Latha Nithyanandam, Kathleen York House
Women's wellness and recovery program, Rebecca Grant, Calvary Riverina
Leaving custody and staying out during COVID-19; a CRC mapping, research, and capacity building project, Dr Mindy Sotiri, Community Restorative Centre
Aboriginal rehabilitation model of care training, Joe Coyte and Norm Henderson, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation Network
Stream: Working with young people
Chair: Belinda Volkov (Sydney Drug Education and Counselling Centre and NADA Practice Leadership Member) Planet Youth down under: The Australian experience, Craig Martin, Australian Drug Foundation
'Understanding the needs of local youth to inform drug and alcohol prevention and harm reduction: a qualitative study', Emily Deans, Youth Solutions
A shift in the practice paradigm: Young people, family violence and youth AOD, Bianca Johnston, Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Victoria
So bad we're good, Paul Phillips and Sam Nest, The Buttery
Welcome to Day 2, keynote speakers and AOD awards
Welcome Recap day 1 Robert Stirling (CEO, NADA)
Keynote welcome: Michelle Ridley (Clinical Program Manager, NADA)
Keynote: Jenny Valentish will share her experiences of drug treatment and enhancing connections for women accessing treatment.
Keynote welcome: Dr Suzie Hudson
Keynote: Dr Karen Urbanoski research focuses on substance use related conditions, and the roles played by health and social service systems in recovery. Karen's presentation will discuss pathways to AOD treatment and ways services can enhance access among the population in need.
Presentation of the 2021 AOD Awards for the NSW Non-Government Sector: Rob Stirling (CEO, NADA), Julie Babineau (NADA President), Larry Pierce (former CEO, NADA) and Daniel Madeddu (Executive Director, NSW Ministry of Health)
Award Categories: Excellence in Treatment, Excellence in Health Promotion/or Harm Reduction, Excellence in Research and Evaluation, Outstanding Contribution Awards, First Australians Award
The Glen Dancers
Stream: Working with women, families, and carers
Chair: Kate Dodd (Phoebe House & Women Executive Leaders AOD Specialist Treatment Member) Always Mum: Enhancing Connections for Mothers with Children in OOHC, Nicole Yade, Brianna Attard, Lou's Place
Parent Tree Program, Sally Riley, CatholicCare Program
The needs of carers of people living with addiction: improving carer identification, inclusion, health and wellbeing, Dr Lukas Hofstaetter, Carers NSW
SMART family and friends - a new approach to working with supporters of people with behaviours of concern, Dr Angela Argent, SMART Recovery
My favorite way to start the week!!!: Participant perspectives of group Music therapy within a women's residential AOD service, Lauren Bortolazzo, MusicConnect, & Allison Fuller, Western Sydney University
From victim to offender - re-writing the narrative of women in the justice system Lisa Abbott Living Free Project, Frankston Mornington Peninsula Primary Care Partnership
Stream: Service connections, partnerships and collaborations
Chair: Jennifer Duncan (Australian Alcohol & other Drugs Council) Delivering support facilitation and care coordination to Aboriginal people within the communities of Box Ridge, Jubullum, the Balunda, Mandy Pickett, Buttery
A lawyer in a health setting - a review of a health justice partnership at RPA Hospital, Luke Carr, Redfern Legal Centre, Fiona Magee, RPA Hospital (Virtual)
Substance Use & Family Violence: Intersectional considerations, Marije Roos & Susan George, Working Group at the Intersection of Substance Use and Family Violence (Virtual)
Remaking the 'angry' Narcanned subject: Affording new positions through take-home naloxone training, Nyssa Ferguson, La Trobe University
Prescription Monitoring is coming - how do we deal with benzodiazepines? Jane Anderson, Reconnexion, Victoria (virtual)
Keynote speaker, panel and conference close
Keynote introduction: Dr Suzie Hudson (Clinical Director, NADA) Keynote: Paul Barry will explore AOD, stigma and the media from his experiences as the presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch, Australia's leading forum for media analysis and critique.
Keynote: Dr Stephen Bright will provide his insights into AOD and the media from his experience developing the organisation AOD Media Watch.
Panel welcome and mediator: Paul Barry
Panel: AOD, stigma and the media - and practical ways for working with the media
Panellists: Jenny Valentish, Dr Stephen Bright, Dr Marianne Jauncey (Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre), Norm Henderson (Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation/Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation Network) and Liz Gale (Consumer Engagement Coordinator, NADA)
Panel wrap up and learnings: Paul Barry
Conference wrap up and close: Robert Stirling (CEO, NADA) and Julie Babineau (NADA President)
NADA Conference 2021 will attract delegates from across NSW, the broader Australian alcohol and other drug treatment sector and other health and human services. Showcasing interventions designed to improve outcomes for clients, this event will inform with new ideas, engage with the evidence base and provide networking opportunities.
Paul Barry is a graduate of politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He is one of Australia's most respected journalists. Paul's films for ABC TV's Four Corners won every major award in the field and he is the author of several best sellers. He is the presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch, Australia's leading forum for media analysis and critique. Media Watch exposes conflicts of interest, journalistic deceit, misrepresentation, manipulation and plagiarism.
Paul's keynote will explore AOD, stigma and the media and he will facilitate a panel discussion about practical ways for working with the media.
Dr Stephen Bright
Dr Bright has worked as a psychologist in the AOD and mental health sectors for the past 20 years and he's currently senior lecturer of addiction at Edith Cowan University. Stephen has published papers on psychotherapy, psychometrics, brief interventions, drug policy, emerging drug trends, AOD use among older adults, psychedelics and AOD in the media. He is responsible for the development of AOD Media Watch.
Stephen will be part of the panel about AOD and the media, providing his insights into this important topic. He will also be presenting on psychedelics and how they relate to AOD treatment and support.
Jenny Valentish is a journalist and author of Woman of Substances: A journey into addiction and treatment which blends research and memoir, and was long-listed for a Walkley Book Award. Jenny is a board director of SMART Recovery Australia, an ambassador for Monash University's BrainPark, a core member of AOD Media Watch and a consultant for several other AOD organisations. Jenny regularly writes about drug use and treatment for The Age, Guardian and the ABC.
In her keynote, Jenny will share her experiences of drug treatment and discuss how services can safely help clients express their stories. Jenny will also be part of the panel about AOD and the media.
Dr Karen Urbanoski
Dr Urbanoski is a scientist with the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and Assistant Professor in Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She holds the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research. Her research focuses on substance use related conditions, and the roles played by health and social service systems in recovery.
Karen's presentation will discuss pathways to AOD treatment and ways services can enhance access among the population in need.
Daryl Chow, MA, Ph.D. (Psych) is a practicing psychologist and trainer. He is a senior associate of the International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE) working closely with Scott Miller. Daryl is the author of The First Kiss: Undoing the intake model and igniting first
sessions in psychotherapy, and a co-author with Scott Miller and Mark Hubble, of a highly anticipated book, Better Results: Using deliberate practice to improve therapeutic effectiveness.
Daryl's keynote will explore why people disengage from treatment so early and ways to increase engagement with clients' right from the first session to reduce dropout rates and achieve better outcomes.
Professor Alison Ritter, AO is an internationally recognised drug policy scholar and the Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at the UNSW. She is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow leading a multi-disciplinary program of research on drug policy to improve the evidence base, translate research and study policy processes. Her research work has focussed on drug laws, drug treatment, and models and methods of democratic participation in drug policy.
In her keynote, Alison will present the findings and future implications of the study that explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the non government alcohol and other drug sector.
Clifford Cutmore is a proud Gomeroi man from Moree with an extensive background working with Aboriginal Community Services across the education, disability and youth sectors. Clifford has been the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement worker at WHOS (We Help Ourselves) since 2019 and is passionate about bringing cultural inclusiveness into mainstream AOD services. Clifford is a trained facilitator in SMART Recovery, Deadly Thinking and Didirri currently undertaking further study in AOD and a proud member of ADAN.
Clifford will discuss improving mainstream AOD treatment services to provide culturally inclusive care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.