VAADA Conference Committee | Call for Expressions of Interest

Are you passionate about making a difference in the Drug and Alcohol sector in Victoria? The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) is seeking dedicated individuals from VAADA member organisations to join the conference committee for our upcoming biennial conference in 2025!

As the peak body for AOD services in Victoria, VAADA’s conference plays a crucial role in shaping the future of AOD services in our state. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to join our committee, including:

  • Researchers in AOD or related fields
  • Peer/lived experience workers
  • AOD program managers
  • Clinical AOD frontline workers (including forensic)
  • Policy people
  • First Nations health workers/managers
  • Medical professionals working in AOD, e.g. Addiction medicine specialists, psychiatrists, GPs, NRWNs, or nurse practitioners, pharmacotherapy, etc.


The conference committee will play a vital role in shaping the conference theme and program. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the Victorian AOD sector.  Your time commitment will include:

  • Conference theme meeting – discuss and approve the conference theme (1-2 hours).
  • Abstract submission review and scoring – conference committee members are responsible for reviewing and scoring abstracts against assessment criteria.  Review and scoring will take place offline and then the group convenes to discuss and finalise results (2-4 hours reviewing time, 1 x 4-hour in-person meeting).

Conference Committee members will receive a 2-day complimentary ticket to the conference and dinner on Thursday night.


We are looking for 3-4 dedicated individuals to join the committee. If you are passionate about improving the AOD sector and have expertise in any of the mentioned areas, we would love to hear from you!

To express your interest, please email with the following details:

  • Your name, organisation and job title
  • Number of years working in the AOD sector or related sector
  • Why you want to be on the conference committee (no more than 150 words)

Successful candidates will be notified by Wednesday, May 15th.

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug sector.