NDRI 30th anniversary symposium

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) is celebrating 30 years of conducting research aimed at preventing and reducing harmful alcohol and other drug use in Australia. To mark the occasion, the Institute is hosting a special one-day symposium in Perth:

Working with Communities: Alcohol and Other Drug Intervention and Policy Research
Thursday 30th November 2017, 8.30am – 5.00pm
Technology Park Function Centre, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley, Western Australia 6102

At this free event, leading NDRI researchers will present their latest innovative research in alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment, harm reduction, policy and prevention. And to top off the day, an outstanding panel of guest speakers will provide their Perspectives on stigma and discrimination around alcohol and other drugs.

The theme of the symposium – Working with communities – reflects the commitment of NDRI researchers to meaningfully involve relevant communities in the research they conduct, from the earliest planning stages through to final outputs.

Topics and presenters include:

  • Methamphetamine - Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin
  • Online interventions - Dr Robert Tait
  • Prisoner health - Dr Mandy Wilson & Ms Jocelyn Jones
  • Aboriginal communities - Professor Dennis Gray, Associate Professor Ted Wilkes & Dr Michael Wright
  • Alcohol policy - Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
  • Early intervention - Dr Nyanda McBride
  • Naloxone - Professor Simon Lenton

Panel discussion: Perspectives on stigma and discrimination around alcohol and other drugs

Stigma and discrimination can affect the self-esteem, mental health and general well-being of people with alcohol and other drug problems, and substantially impact their everyday lives. Our panel members will discuss the issues from a number of perspectives, including policy, treatment, consumer, media, research and law enforcement, with participation from the audience.

Panel presenters include:

  • Mr Terry Slevin, Cancer Council WA (Chair)
  • Associate Professor James Ward, South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute
  • Ms Simone Cormack, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
  • Dr Karl O’Callaghan, Former WA Police Commissioner
  • Mr Paul Dessauer, WA Substance Users Association (WASUA)

This symposium is open to people working in the AOD sector; professionals working to address AOD related harm in other sectors such as health, education, research, law enforcement and corrections; policy makers; consumers; and anyone else involved or interested in preventing and reducing harmful alcohol and other drug use.

If you would like to attend this free event, please register online by Friday 17th November 2017.

Posted on: 1 Sep 2017

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