Peer organisations invited to apply for participation award to attend 2019 CDP conference

The fifth biennial Contemporary Drug Problems (CDP) conference, Rethinking ‘change’: New theories, new topics, new questions, new methods, will take place in Prato, Italy from 4-6 September 2019. The 2019 conference committee acknowledges the significant contribution made by peer organisations to drug research, policy and advocacy, and also recognises the financial challenges peer organisations face in participating in international professional meetings. For these reasons, the committee is calling for submissions for a Peer Organisation Participation Award of up to AUD 3,000/EUR 1,870/USD 2,130 towards the cost of attending and presenting at the 2019 conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient.

Applications for the 2019 Peer Organisation Participation Award should be emailed to by Wednesday 1 May and should include:

  • Presenter’s organisational role and contact details
  • A description of the peer organisation (150 words)
  • An abstract addressing the conference theme in the context of peer engagement and support (300 words)
  • An indicative budget (including, if relevant, how any potential funding shortfall would be covered: e.g., personal funds, commitment from employer).

The 2017 Peer Organisation Participation Award was granted to Fiona Poeder, the Special Projects and External Training Coordinator at the NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA). Incorporated in 1987, NUAA is the oldest drug user organisation in Australia and is primarily operated by people who currently use or have a history of using drugs. NUAA has spearheaded the movement for peer engagement and support in a wide range of areas: opioid treatment, needle and syringe programs, hepatitis C treatment, healthcare decision-making, and the reduction of stigma and discrimination. Fiona’s presentation focused on the importance of using person-centred language in community-based alcohol and other drug treatment settings.

Hosted by Contemporary Drug Problems; the Law Faculty, Monash University; the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University; the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University (Denmark); the Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute; and the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), the conference will bring together leading international researchers in drug use and addiction studies from a range of research disciplines and methods – both qualitative and quantitative.

For more information about the conference, visit the webpage or email

Posted on: 5 Apr 2019

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