2018 APSAD Conference Highlights 
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It's a Wrap! 
Thank you for joining us at this year's APSAD Conference running over three days along with a day of pre-conference workshops. Featuring a wide range of interesting and informative sessions, the conference was attended by just under 400 delegates providing a great platform for cross-disciplinary networking and discussions. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the delegates, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and all those involved in making the conference happen and contributing to its success.

We want to hear your feedback on this year's APSAD Conference there is still time as we have extended the survey date. 

Complete the survey to go into the DRAW TO WIN a full conference registration for the APSAD 2019 Hobart Conference.
If you attended this year's conference and you haven't already completed the conference evaluation survey emailed to delegates by the conference secretariat, you still have a chance to do so.

Click on the link to complete the survey by Sunday 9 December 2018 
Survey Link
Missed a session?
Don't worry if you missed a session, most presentations are now available to view on the conference website from presenters who have given their consent. To view presentations go to the Program tab on the conference website. All abstracts are published in the Drug and Alcohol Review online supplement special issue.
Conference Highlights
Keynote Speakers
We were delighted by the high calibre of keynote speakers at the conference covering a broad range of issues. 
Most keynote presentations from the conference will be available to view on the APSAD YouTube channel in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted once these become available. 

Keynote Speaker Presentations
Jane Buxton  What can we learn from the overdose crisis? 
Sandra Comer  Fentanyl: Rise in Illicit Use and Implications for Treatment Presentation
John Holmes Minimum Pricing for Alcohol: Evidence, Uncertainties and the UK Experience Presentation
Tuari Potiki  Challenges Confronting the New Zealand Alcohol and Other Drug Sector
Elizabeth Elliott  Alcohol in Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Research to Policy and Practice  
Chris Bullen To Vape or not to Vape? E-Cigarettes, Evidence and Ideology Presentation
Marc Beecroft 'Rising from the Rubble' - Making Recovery a Reality Presentation
Gillian Gould  Smoking in pregnancy – why it matters and how can we help? Presentation

Invited Speaker Presentations
Peter Adams How do unhealthy commodity industries influence public policy? Presentation
Walter Ling Methamphetamine Research: Dopamine Numbers and Stories Presentation

James Rankin Oration 
Doug Sellman From Clinic to Court: Reflections on the Struggle for Alcohol Law Reform in New Zealand
2018 APSAD Award Winners with APSAD President
Left to Right: Anthony Gill (President); Gillian Gould; Nicholas Lintzeris; Billie Bonevski 
The APSAD Awards & Conference Dinner

The APSAD Conference Dinner was held at The Maritime Room situated in the heart of Auckland. Delegates enjoyed the beautiful view overlooking the harbour, catching up with colleagues and enjoying the music played by the five-piece band.  

APSAD President Dr Anthony Gill presented the 2018 APSAD Awards for Excellence in Science, Research and Practice. The recipients of the APSAD Awards are recognised as having made an outstanding contribution to reducing the harms associated with alcohol and other drug use in Australasia. It is a special experience to formally acknowledge the dedication of our peers and celebrate the quality of their work.


Senior Scientist Award
Prof Nicholas Lintzeris 
The Senior Scientist Award is for a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of substance use and misuse.

Early Career Award A/Prof  Gillian Gould
The Early Career Award is for excellence in research relative to career opportunities.

Mentor Award Prof Billie Bonevski
The Mentor Award recognises an individual who has made an important contribution to mentoring and supporting the career development of clinicians, researchers or students.

For further information on the APSAD Awards and the winners visit the APSAD website Awards page.

Poster Session 

The poster session continues to be a conference highlight and over the years it has grown from strength to strength. The poster session was very well attended and was an opportunity to engage in conversation, share knowledge and get an insight into the latest research and clinical finding directly with presenters.

The poster judges certainly had a tough time selecting the winners with so many high-quality and informative posters to choose from. The poster highlights sessions were a big hit with delegates, who enjoyed the short and sharp one minute presentations.

Poster PDFs are available on the conference website. Please note, only the posters provided are available.

The scoop from the Poster Prizes..

Early Career Poster Prize  Senior Poster Prize  People's Choice Award Winner Honourable Mentions: James Gooden; Caitlin Douglass; Sharon Reid 
Late Breaking Sessions

The Late Breaking presentations again proved to be lively and featured presentations on a diverse range of issues. If you missed any of these great presentations the abstracts are available to view via the online conference program along with the presentation slides. Late Breaking Session 1  | Late Breaking Session Session 2

Congratulations to our winners and runners-up.

Late Breaking Presentation Prizes
In the News
The conference received media attention across a wide range of topics. Click on the headline to view some of the articles highlighted: 

Research leading the way towards smoking cessation
Drug gangs pushing meth in place of cannabis in rural areas - report
Alcohol misuse by over-50s on rise in Australia and New Zealand, study finds
Older people drinking to excess more than ever before
University of Newcastle researchers honoured by Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Conference Photos
All conference photos are available to view on the APSAD Flickr account or via the APSAD website

Thank you to our Sponsors
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