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.
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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 Reviewonline supplement special issue.
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 HolmesMinimum Pricing for Alcohol: Evidence, Uncertainties and the UK Experience Presentation Tuari Potiki Challenges Confronting the New Zealand Alcohol and Other Drug Sector Elizabeth ElliottAlcohol in Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Research to Policy and Practice Chris BullenTo Vape or not to Vape? E-Cigarettes, Evidence and Ideology Presentation Marc Beecroft 'Rising from the Rubble' - Making Recovery a Reality Presentation Gillian GouldSmoking in pregnancy – why it matters and how can we help?Presentation
Invited Speaker Presentations Peter AdamsHow 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.
APSAD AWARD WINNERS
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 AwardA/Prof Gillian Gould The Early Career Award is for excellence in research relative to career opportunities.
Mentor AwardProf 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.
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.
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