Parental substance misuse and amphetamine-type substance use among men who have sex with men will be highlighted by keynote speakers at the 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium.

Registration for the 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium closes on Friday, 4 October 2019 - click here to register.

Professor Sharon Dawe from Griffith University will discuss improving outcomes for children living in families with parental substance misuse.

Professor Dawe has more than 20 years’ experience as a researcher and clinician in the field of substance misuse and mental health and co-developed the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) program.

PuP works with high risk families in the child protection system and has been found to reduce child abuse potential with considerable cost savings across UK and Australian studies.

“Improving outcomes for children exposed to a range of adverse experiences in early childhood is critical for interrupting the intergenerational cycle of substance abuse and disadvantage,” Professor Dawe said.

Sharon Dawe is Professor in Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia and Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, UK.

Professor Frederick L. Altice from Yale University will discuss strategies to address treatment of amphetamine-type substances (ATS) use disorder and related HIV prevention in men who have sex with men (MSM).

Professor Altice is a clinician and researcher focused on the interface between infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders.

MSM are key populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV and continue to contribute to new HIV transmissions, especially those who use ATS.

“For MSM with HIV, ATS use is associated with poor engagement in HIV care and as such use may undermine both primary and secondary prevention strategies,” Professor Altice said.

Frederick L. Altice is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University where he serves as Director of Clinical and Community Research, the Community Health Care Van and the HIV in Prisons Program.

The 2019 NDARC Annual Research Symposium: Responding to clinical, community and family needs is being held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at UNSW Sydney.

Registration for the event close on Friday, 4 October 2019 – click here to register.

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