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REGISTRATIONS OPEN! AOD Research Symposium 2015
REGISTRATIONS OPEN! AOD Research Symposium 2015
15 May 2015

The AOD Provider Collaborative's annual research symposium will take place on Thursday 18 June 2015 at the University of Auckland's Tāmaki campus.

Funded by Counties Manukau Health, the Symposium is supported by Odyssey, and The University of Auckland's Centre for Addiction Research and School of Population Health.

Our keynote this year is Professor Ann Roche, Director of the National Centre for Education and Training in Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University, Adelaide.  Professor Roche will be speaking about workforce development challenges in the alcohol and other drugs sector, with reference to her work leading Australia's first national AOD workforce development strategy.

Once again offering a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, this year's programme includes presentations on controlled drinking; co-morbidity of depression and alcohol use disorders; comorbidity between loss and grief and addictions; problematic alcohol use and intimate partner violence; therapeutic jurisprudence; lessons from Australia's first Recovery College; current and emerging peer support issues and strategies; a Pacific AOD research update; and a short workshop on reflective writing for practitioners.

The day concludes with a special panel discussion on Preparing for the future: developing a fit-for-purpose AOD workforce for the 2020s.  Chaired by Anne Bateman, Chair, AOD Provider Collaborative, the panel features the following discussants:

  • Professor Ann Roche – Director, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Australia
  • Dr Pete Watson – Clinical Director for Mental Health & Addictions, Counties Manukau Health
  • Rhonda Robertson – National Consumer Advisor – The Salvation Army Addiction, Supportive Accommodation and Reintegration Services.  
  • Phillipa Gaines  –  Director, Lattice Consulting
  • Phil Grady – CEO, Odyssey
  • Dr David Newcombe – Associate Director, Centre for Addiction Research, University of Auckland


Read about the 2014 research symposium, or download presentations.