ATDC 2016 Conference – Rethinking Prevention: a broader agenda

The Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania is looking forward to seeing you in Hobart on 12-13 May for the ATDC 2016 Conference.

The ATDC 2016 Conference Rethinking Prevention: a broader agenda encourages presenters and delegates to discuss how we support and provide prevention, treatment and harm reduction interventions in the current environment and into the future.

Recognising preventative approaches at all levels of our work is one aspect of rethinking prevention. The conference will explore how we prevent harm in multiple ways, not only dealing with substance use activity.

Are AOD policies developed with sufficient attention to prevention; is the stigmatisation and discrimination of substance users preventable; how do we move beyond thinking about ATOD use as simply an individual’s behaviour or choice?

The fundamental question of how to ensure integration between policy, practice and research will underpin the conference program, guaranteeing a stimulating two days for all attendees.

Why would I attend?

If you provide any form of service to people in your community, this conference will have something of relevance to you. We know that people who use alcohol tobacco and other drugs are a diverse group, of all ages, occupations, cultural backgrounds and more. Some of these people will attend your service, whether it be non-government, government, private or commercial.

You may be responding to someone who needs information, support, referral or treatment in relation to their substance use.

Your role might be focussed on prevention, early or brief intervention or harm reduction or you may be providing complex clinical treatment or longer term counselling, or perhaps you work in a policy setting.

You may provide health, welfare, justice, education, family support, housing or homelessness services; the intersection of your role with the alcohol tobacco and other drugs sector will be enhanced through attending this conference.

The conference will provide streams linking policy, practice and research to strengthen our response to substance use at all levels. It will provide time to network with colleagues, to discuss the latest developments in AOD, to learn and enhance your understanding of contemporary evidence base approaches. A chance to challenge your practice, to rethink ways to doing what you do and to meet other professionals in a collegial and stimulating environment

To be effective in our response to alcohol tobacco and other drug use, a multi-dimensional, collaborative approach is vital and this will be reflected in the conference program.