2021 NDRI Symposium

Working Together: Community Collaboration in Drug Policy and Practice Research

Wednesday 6 October, 2021
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and online

Feedback highlights panels, diversity of topics

The panel discussions and diversity of topics presented on were rated highly by delegates at the 2021 NDRI symposium. Feedback indicates the hybrid symposium was a resounding success, with every respondent rating it as worthwhile or very worthwhile and 97 per cent suggesting they would recommend NDRI events.

The theme, Working Together: Community Collaboration in Drug Policy and Practice Research, emphasised the collaborative nature of NDRI’s research with community partners and was reinforced with most presentations co-presented with clinicians, public health practitioners and members of impacted communities.

To be contacted when early bird registrations open for the 2022 symposium, email: ndri@curtin.edu.au

Key information

As a research institute that strives to conduct high quality research to support evidence informed AOD policy, strategies and practice, it is crucial for us to work with a range of partners to meet common goals. This ensures we ask research questions relevant to the real world and maximises the likelihood that results and recommendations can be translated into policy and practice.

In showcasing our research, the 2021 NDRI symposium will highlight the depth and breadth of these partnerships with, for example:

  • communities and people affected by drug use and associated harms
  • clinicians, educators and public health practitioners
  • those who work in the government and the community sector, and
  • researchers and research groups across Australia and internationally.

If you are interested in hearing about the latest alcohol and other drug (AOD) research or in contributing to future research, then our hybrid symposium is for you:

  • Hybrid format, with face-to-face or virtual attendance available
  • The WA Alcohol and Other Drugs Conference will follow on 7-8 Oct, and a discount is available on registration fees for the NDRI Symposium if you attend both events - please register for the conference first to obtain your discount code
  • For information on getting to the venue, parking or accommodation options in Perth, click here.
  • A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to symposium delegates on request to count towards Personal Development hours.
  • Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend the symposium, a refund of your registration fee (minus 20% administration fee) will be issued up to 30 days before the event. A refund will not be issued after this date but a substitute delegate may attend in your place. For information on our cancellation policy in the event that State Government COVID-19 restrictions force the cancellation of the 2021 NDRI Symposium, email ndri@curtin.edu.au.

About the program

The NDRI symposium program includes presentations and panel sessions on research into alcohol and illicit drug policy, harm, prevention and trends as well as partnership approaches to addressing AOD harm in Aboriginal communities.

While symposium attendees will hear from established world leaders in AOD research, the symposium will also ‘give a voice’ to early career and PhD scholars producing innovative work as well as community partners and consumers of NDRI’s research. It is also a rare opportunity (COVID permitting) to meet NDRI researchers and to network in person.

The program includes:

  • A Keynote Presentation on minimum alcohol pricing by Professor Peter Miller, a world expert on the Northern Territory’s minimum pricing experience, followed by a Panel Discussion on alcohol pricing policies more broadly
  • Presentations and a Panel Discussion on engaging consumers and collaborating with stakeholders in research focussed on addressing AOD harms in Aboriginal communities
  • An examination of factors driving reductions in youth alcohol consumption, such as parenting, technology and policy, and longer term implications for public health
  • Responding to increasing use of nitrous oxide in WA
  • A case study of how the alcohol industry attempts to influence Government alcohol policy
  • World first research into access to methamphetamine treatment and services by people who smoke the drug, rather than inject it
  • The elements and changes needed for First Nations community-led alcohol policy development
  • A review of police naloxone distribution programs assessing whether they’re effective in reducing opioid overdose deaths?
  • The first Australian results from the first global cannabis cultivation survey in a decade, and
  • The effect of the ‘alcopops tax’ on national Chlamydia rates, an example of using alcohol taxation to reduce health-related harms in young people.

View the full program here


Registration for this event has now closed.

For any queries, please email ndri@curtin.edu.au