This year’s event is being held online on Tuesday, 20 and Wednesday, 21 September 2022. Registration is free.

The full event program is available here. Presentations include:

Novel interventions to address methamphetamine use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Professor James Ward - Director, Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, The University of Queensland

This presentation will focus on a research program with multiple strategies undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services nationally. The study aimed to understand methamphetamine use and its context, and importantly outcomes from an intervention trail, aimed at reducing methamphetamine use among the population.

Emerging trends in drug use, harms, and markets: Findings from Drug Trends 2022

Dr Rachel Sutherland - Deputy Program Lead of Drug Trends, NDARC, UNSW Sydney

Findings from the 2022 Illicit Drug Reporting System interviews (a sentinel sample of people who inject drugs) and the 2022 Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System interviews (a sentinel sample of people who use stimulants) will be presented for the first time. These two crucial monitoring systems have been running for approximately two decades across Australia. Historical trends, as well as highlights from 2022, will be discussed in the context of shaping responses to drug related harms in Australia. Given the dynamic nature of drug use and drug markets, understanding and mapping evolving trends is vital.

COVID-19 in the midst of the Canadian opioid epidemics: The bad, the good and the potential revolution

Professor Julie Bruneau - Professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine, Université de Montréal

This presentation will share data on the opioid crisis in Canada, and on changes that occurred during COVID-19 in the lives of people who use drugs. It will discuss recent adaptations made within various harm reduction and clinical settings to address their needs in the midst of the worsening opioid crisis in Canada.

2022 NDARC Annual Research Symposium

Tuesday, 20 September 2022
Session one: Into the future of Indigenous research
Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm 
Session two: Exploring novel treatments
Time: 3.15pm – 5.00pm

Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Session one: Evolving priorities
Time: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Session two: Informing policy options
Time: 3.15pm – 5.00pm

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