Sunday 7- Wednesday 10 November 2021, Brisbane.

About the APSAD Conference

2021 will be a big year as we celebrate 40 years for the Society and of the Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference.

 Since 1981, APSAD has been bringing together diverse perspectives in relation to research, policy, and practice from across the AOD sector to share, discuss, and present on evidence-based issues.

The first annual meeting of the Society was held at the Australian National University, Canberra, 31 July to 1 August 1981. The intention was to be primarily a medically-oriented organisation established to meet the needs of medical scientists and practitioners, and endeavour to attract a broad medical membership from individuals who had a scientific or professional interest in alcohol and drug related problems, their prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Society recognised early on that scientists and practitioners from other disciplines would make important contributions to such a Society, bringing a major change in focus during the first 10 years of the Society’s existence, and accepting non-medical professionals as full members. This made the society a truly multidisciplinary organisation representing all professionals involved in the drug and alcohol field.

The APSAD Conference provides an opportunity for networking and ideas sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere with a cross-section of AOD workers; practitioners, researchers, peer workers, consumers, and policymakers. The conference also contributes to building capacity and capability in AOD by providing opportunities for engagement and learnings from early to mid career, and more experienced researchers and clinicians.

There is a vast amount of untapped experience and knowledge within our membership base. We encourage you to share your clinical, research, and policy expertise which will contribute significantly to the conference.

After much deliberation and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve decided to hold this special anniversary event as a hybrid conference with both face-to-face and online content from 7-10 November 2021 to ensure everyone is able to come together.

We hope you will join us in Brisbane either in person or virtually to celebrate how far we have come as a multidisciplinary sector and to guide the direction we need to travel together.

Invitation to the Brisbane 2021 Conference

On behalf of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD), we are excited to invite you to the River City of Brisbane for the 2021 APSAD Conference. Come and enjoy our idyllic subtropical weather, and explore our city and inner-city precincts, river-side dining, outdoor activities, lush parklands, and our inner-city “beach” at South Bank.

The 2021 conference program will showcase high quality and state of the art scientific research into alcohol and other drug treatment, prevention, policy and workforce development, with a specific focus on the translation of evidence-based research into practice. We will also be providing opportunities for front line workers to share their insights to inspire the next generation of clinically-relevant research.

The conference is being held at the Sofitel Brisbane from Sunday 7 – Wednesday 10 November 2021, located in the Brisbane CBD. APSAD acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara people, as the traditional owners of the lands where we will meet, and pay respect to their Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits. We recognise that these lands have always been places of teaching, research and learning.

On behalf of the APSAD Council, Organising Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee we hope you are able to join us in Brisbane, Queensland for the 2021 APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drug Conference.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Leanne Hides and Mark Daglish

2021 APSAD Conference Convenors