Plenary 1

VAADA update – Sam Biondo, Executive Officer, VAADA

DHHS update – Ross Broad, Assistant Director, Drug Policy & Reform Unit

A Critical examination of Welfare State constructions of income support recipients and addiction – Dr Philip Mendes, Director of Social Inclusion and Social Policy Unit in the Department of Social Work, Monash University

Soundbites from the Sector

  1. Using podcasts as a systemic advocacy tool – Emma Rafferty, Systemic Advocacy Lead APSU
  2. Trends in Data: Where will the service system be in the future? – Mel Medlen, Principle Policy Advisor, Drug Policy And Reform Unit, DHHS
  3. Overview of COATS trends over the past 5 years – Cath Williams, Manager Operations, ACSO

Morning Breakout Sessions

  1. Tomorrow’s Workforce – Peer Workforce: What does successful implementation of a Peer Workforce look like? – Crystal Clancy, Coordinator Peer Projects, SHARC & Brendan Ritchie, Peer Projects Peer Worker, SHARC
  2. Clinical/Medical – Supermix and VMAX cohort studies – Professor Paul Dietze, Burnet Institute
  3. Tomorrow’s Client – ThYNC Project, Youth Needs Census – Karen Hallam, Acting Director, THRIVE, an initiative of YSAS
  4. Tomorrow’s Sector – How can we better ensure it is meeting the needs of people using drugs? – Dr. Peter Higgs, Senior Lecturer Public Health, La Trobe University

Plenary 2

Panel Discussion: The past, present and future of Harm Reduction.
Introduced by Professor John Fitzgerald.  Panellists: Jane Kicka, Manager D.O.P.E Program Harm Reduction Victoria; Stephen McNally, Manager Research & Policy, Penington Institute; Rob Leitterman, Consumer Representative; Tony Parsons, Magistrate, Drug Court Melbourne

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  1. Peer Workforce – Politics and Practicalities, Experts by Experience.  Practical applications of implementing a peer workforce.  How do services implements a peer workforce? – Panellists: Heather Pickard, CEO SHARC; Craig Payne, Peer Worker, Eastern Treatment Services; Lara Jackson, General Manager Wellbeing & SUpport, Banyule Community Health; Michael Savic, Acting Head of Clinical Research, Turning Point.
  2. Clinical/Medical #2 – Promising /novel pharmacological approaches including Lisdexamfetamine for methamphetamine– Dr Shalina Arunogiri, Turning Point; Dr Vicki Phan, Turning Point.
  3. Tomorrow’s Therapy – Older, Wiser Lifestyles Program is Australia’s first older adult-specific AOD service aimed at people aged 55 and over.  ResetLife Program is based on the Matrix Model, an internationally run program proven to be highly successful in drug and alcohol treatment. – Amy Salmon, Katherine Walsh and Katrina Hales, Peninsula Health Alcohol and other Drug Services