The program for the 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium: Responding to clinical, community and family needs is now available.

The Symposium is being held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at the John Niland Scientia Conference and Events Centre, UNSW Sydney.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Sharon Dawe from Griffith University will present: Improving outcomes for children living in families with parental substance misuse: Practice and Policy imperatives

Sharon Dawe is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, Australia, an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia, and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, UK. She has been working as a researcher and clinician in the field of substance misuse and mental health for more than 20 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London (UK), National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, and now Griffith University. She is the co-developer of the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) program working with high risk families engaged in the child protection system. PuP has been found to reduce child abuse potential with considerable cost savings across UK and Australian studies. Sharon is passionate about improving the outcomes for children living in adverse circumstances by supporting parents to manage difficult life situations.

  • Professor Frederick L. Altice from Yale University will present: Bending the HIV epidemic by intervening with men who have sex with men who use amphetamine-type substances: targets for prevention and treatment

Dr. Altice is a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University where he serves as the Director of Clinical and Community Research, the Community Health Care Van and the HIV in Prisons Program. As a clinician, he is board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine.  As a researcher, his interests are focused on the interface between infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders. Specifically, he is interested in both prevention and treatment issues and has been at the forefront of both behavioural and biomedical intervention research activities. He is also interested in creation of novel prevention and treatment programs for the treatment of HIV, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and substance use disorders in vulnerable populations, including people who inject drugs, criminal justice populations, men who have sex with men and both female and transgender sex workers. 

Other speakers include Professor Ju-Lee Oei who is a Neonatologist, Epidemiologist and Paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Women and Dr Gabrielle Carey who is a H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow at Australian National University.

NDARC speakers include Dr Amy Peacock, Professor Hayden McRobbie, Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin and Professor Don Weatherburn.

Registration for the event is now open. Click here to view the full program and register.