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2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium

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Early bird registration is now open for the 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium: Responding to clinical, community and family needs.

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Registration Cost Deadline
General registration $330.00

Friday, 4 October 2019

Students and consumer organisations are eligible for a discount. Contact ndarc.symposium@unsw.edu.au for more information. 

The Symposium is being held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at the John Niland Scientia Conference and Events Centre, UNSW Sydney.

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Keynote Speakers:

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Professor Frederick L. Altice
MD, Yale University  

Dr. Altice is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University where he serves as the Director of Clinical and Community Research, the Community Health Care Van and the HIV in Prisons Program. As a clinician, he is board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine.  As a researcher, his interests are focused on the interface between infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders. Specifically, he is interested in both prevention and treatment issues and has been at the forefront of both behavioral and biomedical intervention research activities. He is also interested in creation of novel prevention and treatment programs for the treatment of HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and substance use disorders in vulnerable populations, including people who inject drugs, criminal justice populations, men who have sex with men and both female and transgender sex workers. 

Dr. Altice has spent considerable time devoted to developing and studying integrated systems of care, including integrating medication-assisted therapies such as methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release naltrexone into managing co-morbid conditions, including people living with or at risk for HIV, HCV, tuberculosis, and mental illness. In more recent years, given the many successful prevention and treatment interventions available, he has increasingly become involved in implementation science to find improved ways to disseminate research and evidence-based practices and ensure that they are implemented using best-practices. Dr. Altice is currently leading studies in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru, and the United States. 


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Professor Sharon Dawe
Clinical Psychologist. Griffith University 

Sharon Dawe is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, Australia and an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University South Australia and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, UK. She has been working as a researcher and clinician in the field of substance misuse and mental health for over 20 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London (UK), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW and now Griffith University. She is the co-developer of the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) program working with high risk families engaged in the child protection system. PuP has been found to reduce child abuse potential with considerable cost savings across UK and Australian studies. Sharon is passionate about improving the outcomes for children living in adverse circumstances by supporting parents to manage difficult life situations.

Special Guest Speakers:

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Dr Gabrielle Carey
H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow, Australian National University

Gabrielle Carey published her first co-written book, Puberty Blues, while still in her teens. She has since written biography, autobiography, memoir, essays and articles. Her book, Moving Among Strangers (UQP 2013), was the joint winner of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Award for Non-Fiction and short-listed for the 2015 National Biography Award.

Gabrielle holds a Master of Arts (English) from the Australian Catholic University and a Doctorate of Creative Arts (Writing) from Western Sydney University. For the past twenty years Gabrielle has taught writing at various universities including the University of Canberra, the University of Western Sydney and the University of Sydney. She is currently the H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow at the Australian National University.


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Dr Ju-Lee Oei 
Neonatologist, Epidemiologist, Paediatrician, Royal Hospital for Women, UNSW Sydney

Ju Lee Oei is a Neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Women, Conjoint Professor in Paediatrics at the University of New South Wales and Visiting Medical Officer in Addiction Medicine in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Her areas of research interest are in neonatal resuscitation and perinatal drug use.

She is a member of the Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Working Group, NSW Ministry of Health and has co-authored NSW and National guidelines for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. She is also chair of the Perinatal Substance Use Group of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand


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Dr Julie Mooney-Somers
Senior lecturer, Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Dr Julie Mooney-Somers' research seeks to understand and address avoidable health differences that put socially disadvantaged people and communities at further disadvantage. Julie has a track record in sexual and reproductive health research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and young people; her substantive work is lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) health. Julie’s current research focuses on tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use among LGBT people, and the provision of health services for these issues. For the last ten years she has run (with Dr Rachel Deacon) SWASH – the longest running periodic health survey of lesbian, bisexual and queer women in the world. Across her career Julie has worked in partnership with communities, often using participatory methods, to conduct and translate meaningful and relevant research. Since 2012, Julie has served as director of ACON, Australia’s largest LGBTQ health promotion organisation.


NDARC Featured Speakers:

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Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin 

A/Prof McKetin (BSc(Psychol)Hons. PhD) leads a program of research into stimulant use epidemiology and interventions at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. Her current research involves the online delivery of psychological help for people who use stimulants (www.breakingtheice.org), the trialling of new pharmacotherapy options for methamphetamine dependence (www.nicetrial.info; www.limastudy.info) and the development of novel responses to methamphetamine use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (http://nimac.org.au/). A/Prof McKetin established the first longitudinal treatment outcomes study for methamphetamine use internationally (the Methamphetamine Treatment Outcomes Study, MATES), a 3-year prospective cohort of 501 people dependent on methamphetamine, demonstrating the impact of community-based treatments for this drug. She has adapted in-direct prevalence estimation methods to estimate the number of dependent methamphetamine users in Australia and has been involved in the development of regional systems to monitor methamphetamine and other drugs in the Asia Pacific. Her work has been pivotal in quantifying the risk of psychosis, violence and other mental health outcomes related to the use of methamphetamine. A/Prof McKetin is a Senior Editor for Addiction, a consultant to the United Nations, and a member of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.


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Professor Hayden McRobbie

Professor Hayden McRobbie is a health behaviour change expert with a special interest in tobacco and obesity.

Hayden graduated with his degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Otago in 1996. After working in general medicine and surgery for three years he moved to the UK to take up a post in the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit (now the Health and Lifestyle Unit) at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine. Whilst working in the unit he completed his PhD (Medical Psychology), which focussed on tobacco withdrawal symptomatology.

Hayden is an experienced researcher with skills in undertaking large randomised controlled trials, cohort studies and surveys.  His main areas of research are in: (1) the treatment of tobacco dependence with a current focus on electronic cigarettes and digital strategies; and (2) behavioural interventions for weight management.

He is a Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Consultant in Lifestyle Medicine at Lakes District Health Board, New Zealand. He is also Fellow of The Australasian Society for Lifestyle Medicine, and serves on the editorial boards of Addiction and Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

In the last decade Hayden has played a key role in Tobacco Control in New Zealand and over the past 3 years has acted as the Clinical Champion in Child Obesity for the New Zealand Ministry of Health.


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Dr Don Weatherburn

Don Weatherburn is a Professor at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre and was formerly Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research 1988. He was awarded a Public Service Medal in January 1998, an Alumni Award for Community Service by the University of Sydney in 2000 and made a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2006. He has published three books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, reports, and book chapters on crime and criminal justice.



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