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2023 NDARC Annual Research Symposium

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We are delighted to announce that the 2023 NDARC Annual Symposium registrations are now open. Hosted by one of Australia's leading drug and alcohol research centres, NDARC, UNSW Sydney, this event will showcase the foremost research in the alcohol and other drugs sector, and related fields.

This face-to-face one-day event will be held in Sydney on Friday, 27 October at the John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney (map reference G19), with a live stream option for selected sessions only.

The latest findings on a wide range of topics will be covered including:

  • Trends in substance use, and the future of drug monitoring systems
  • Substance use and treatment in rural/regional Australia
  • Co-designed projects/partnerships
  • Illicit drug use and treatment
  • Commerce and health
  • E-cigarettes and vaping
  • The safety of quit smoking medications during pregnancy

This dynamic program features international and national keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions and a networking event. It will be facilitated by leading researchers, clinicians, and community leaders, providing you with an information forum and opportunity to network and collaborate.


We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

Register now.


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Schedule overview:

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Professor Rob Moodie

Rob Moodie is Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne and at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Malawi. He worked in refugee health in the Sudan, for the Central Australian Aboriginal Health Service (Congress) in Alice Springs and for many years HIV prevention for the Burnet Institute, WHO and the joint UN Program on AIDS. He was CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007 and from 2008-2011 he chaired the Australian Preventative Health Taskforce, which introduced plain packaging. In 2015-2017 he moved to Malawi to assist in their MPH program. He focuses on teaching leadership and management skills and minimising the massive harm that unhealthy industries inflict on our health. He was awarded an AM in 2014 and he led the Lancet series on the Commercial Determinants of Health published in March 2023

Shanna Whan

Shanna Whan is the rural woman, founder, CEO, and face behind SITC (Sober in the Country Ltd charity). She is an Australian of the Year recipient who decided to ''do what she could to be part of the change'' after overcoming her own lifelong battle with trauma-linked alcohol addiction and almost losing her own life in 2015. 

SITC is a grassroots not-for-profit leading radical change and social impact across rural Australia by changing the narrative around booze in the bush through straight talk, powerful lived experience advocacy, and the #OK2SAYNO movement. Far from being prohibitionist - the charity focuses on straight talk, peer support, social inclusion, and the #OK2SAYNO movement.

Professor Paul Griffiths

Paul Griffiths has worked in the drugs field for over 30 years. Prior to 1999, he worked as a researcher based at the National Addiction Centre in London. Since 2000, his activities have focused on the international monitoring of drug use, working first for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in Vienna, (UNODC), and subsequently, for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Paul joined the EMCDDA in 2002, as head of the epidemiology unit and was appointed Scientific Director in 2010. In his current role, he is responsible for the overall coordination of the EMCDDA scientific work. He holds an honorary position as a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Department of Addictions, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Professional development points: 

Certificates of attendance are available for the 2023 NDARC Annual Research Symposium on request from ndarc.communications@unsw.edu.au. Attendees must liaise with their supervisor or appropriate industry body to confirm that the event is eligible towards continuing professional development hours.