The 2017 AOD Provider Collaborative Addictions and Mental Health Research Symposium was developed in partnership with the Centre for Addiction Research at the University of Auckland and the Counties Manukau Mental Health and Addictions Partnership (CHAMP).

This year the one day Symposium on Wednesday 14 June was supplemented by five separate workshops on Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 June.

We would like to thank all the participants who took time out to attend these events, and especially our speakers who gave so generously of their time to share their research. 

Here, we offer a selection of presentations from the Symposium and workshop:


PREsentatioN slides (where available)

Dr Jack Noone, Centre for Social Impact, University of New South Wales, Australia MORNING KEYNOTE: Social outcome measurement: What is it, how is it used and who’s involved in the journey?
Professor Suzanne Fraser, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Rethinking addiction: Promoting understanding and reducing stigma
Ben Birks Ang, Odyssey and NZ Drug Foundation

Breakout 1A: The PeerCrowd youth research project: implications for services (slides from this Symposium are not available however a presentation on the Peer Crowds project is available to view here (on the NZ Drug Foundation website)

Helen Lockett, the Wise Group and Candace
Bagnall, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

Breakout 1B: Using research to inform the actions of the Equally Well collaborative: an evidence update

Dr Sione Vaka, Massey University

Breakout 2A:Ūloa: an alternative model of care for mental health services

Ian Garrett, Department of Corrections

Breakout 2B: Comorbid substance use disorders and mental health disorders among New Zealand prisoners



Dr Simon Bennett, Massey University


Breakout 3A: Culturally Adapted Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Māori: What do we know about it and what implications can we draw for the treatment of addictions?

Dr Vicki Macfarlane and David Prentice, CADS

Vicky Totua and Karen Fraser, CADS

Breakout 3B: Practice-initiated research:

The Auckland Alcohol Detoxification Outcomes Study (slides not available)

Dr Hester Wilson, Langton Centre, Sydney

Breakout 4A: Evaluation of a GP and drug and alcohol shared care programme


Jessica Pirie, CADS


Carina Walters, University of Auckland

Debra Gerrard, AUT

Breakout 4B:Practice-initiated research:

Working with Gang Members: Reflections from the AOD Frontline (slides not available)

Dr Jack Noone, Centre for Social Impact, Univeristy of New South Wales

Workshop D: An applied approach to outcomes measurement

Professor Carla Treloar, Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales

Professor Suzanne Fraser, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Workshop E: Harm reduction needs and strategies for couples who inject drugs

Project report: The CUPID Project - Understanding and preventing Hepatitis C transmission within heterosexual couples

Additional papers:

Hepatitis C prevention and convenience: why do people who inject drugs in sexual partnerships ‘run out’ of sterile equipment?