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VAADA Service Provider’s Conference

20 October 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Victorian AOD Service Provider’s Conference October-November 2020: Adaptations and Innovations in the AOD Sector

The next Service Provider’s Conference will be held digitally as a four-part webinar series over October and November. It will look at some current topical issues within the Victorian AOD sector. The sessions will have valuable contributions from local, interstate and international speakers. The sessions will incorporate cross-panel discussions and audience Q & A opportunities.

We encourage CEOs, managers and frontline AOD staff within funded organisations to attend.

• Webinar 1: Telehelp! Tools and Techniques for telephone and video consultations for AOD Treatment
Date: Tuesday 20th October 11:30am-1:00PM. Watch the recording here.

• Webinar 2: Harm Reduction Innovation and Challenges: What we can learn from other jurisdictions
Date: Tuesday 27 October 2020 10:30am – 12:30 pm. Register here.

• Webinar 3: COVID-19 and the AOD Consumer
Date: Thursday 12th November 10:30am – 12:00 pm. Register here.

• Webinar 4: Trauma, AOD and Youth Treatment
Date: Thursday 19th November 10:30am – 12:00 pm. Registrations opening soon.


Webinar 1: Telehelp! Tools and Techniques for telephone and video consultations for AOD Treatment

Tuesday 20th October 11:30am-1:00PM

Description: Telehealth has become increasingly popular due to its convenience and ability to increase accessibility to consumers. It has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is likely that telehealth is here to stay. This webinar looks into the importance of telehealth, key takeaways from the guide, and the challenges involved with telehealth. There will be opportunities for audience questions as well.
Moderator: Dr Naomi Crafti, Course Coordinator Grad Cert Telehealth, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

Speakers: Associate. Professor Robert Ali Adelaide Medical School & Professor Steve Allsop National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) Curtin University, authors of ‘Telephone and Video Consultations: How to Identify and Respond to Substance Use – A Guide for Health Professionals’. Panel Conversation will include James Szeto, team leader at Reconnexiona.


Webinar 2: Harm Reduction Innovation and Challenges: What we can learn from other jurisdictions

With keynote speaker Jane Buxton

Tuesday 27 October 2020 10:30am-12:30pm.

Part 1 – Keynote presentation: ‘Colliding public health emergencies in British Columbia, Canada; challenges and opportunities for overdose response ‘ presented by Jane Buxton. This presentation will present insight into harm reduction in British Columbia including topics such as Mobile outreach MSIR, peer work, Naloxone distribution, decriminilisation/safe supply models, and other measures and opportunities in Harm Reduction.

At BCCDC, Jane chairs the inter-sectoral provincial Drug Overdose and Alert Partnership and oversees the provincial harm reduction strategies and services program including take home naloxone. She is involved in overdose response epidemiology and uses quantitative and qualitative methods in her research. Jane is committed to including the authentic voices of the experts – people with lived and living experience – in developing policy, program planning, research and evaluation.

Moderated by Dr. Jesse Young (PHD MPH BSc), with reflection and Victorian context provided by  Nico Clark, Medical Director of the MSIR in Richmond. There will also be opportunities for audience Q and A.

Part 2 – Presentation: ‘Addicted Australia’ . Join Professor Dan Lubman (Executive Clinical Director, Turning Point) and Steve Michelson (Campaign Director, Rethink Addiction) to hear about the SBS series Addicted Australia set to air 10 November and the potential to make addiction treatment and research a national priority.

Register for Webinar 2 here.


VAADA is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to facilitate the Service Providers’ Conference


20 October 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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