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AADANT Drug and Alcohol Conference 2020

1 Apr. 2020 to 2 Apr. 2020
Alice Springs, DoubleTree Hilton

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT will hold their annual Northern Territory drug and alcohol conference April 1-2 in Alice Springs at the DoubleTree Hilton.

There will be two streams at the conference:

  • Provision of Mental Health Services in AOD Treatment
  • Non-residential Treatment Options

Registrations close Thursday 26th March 2020 COB.

To complete a registration form, please click here.

Want to submit an abstract?

If you would like to present on a program, research, or in your area of expertise, please contact Katie Flynn with a proposal by Friday 21st February.

Want to have a static display?

During the two-day conference, there will be an opportunity for organisations to bring banners, pamphlets, posters, and information about their services and programs to sit on tables in a dedicated room. This provides an opportunity for information sharing and networking. If you would like to host a static display, please contact to sign up.

Looking to Register?

Registration Type Cost (GST inclusive)
Non-member two days $600.00
Non-member one day $400.00
Full member two days $500.00
Full member one day  $300.00
Full time student two days $300.00
Full time student one day $150.00

Please note proof of full time registration is required to access the student rate, full time students only.

We are unable to accommodate the sharing of registrations this year, each person must have their own registration on the day they attend.

Guided Site Tours at BushMob

Member organisation BushMob Aboriginal Corporation has generously offered to open their doors to conference delegates for guided site tours. These tours will take place at 36 Priest Street, Alice Springs, just 4km from the conference site.

BushMob is the only residential treatment centre in the Northern Territory providing AOD treatment to young people exclusively.

If you would like to partake in a guided site tour, please reigster through this link:

There is no cost associated with this tour. Please view the flyer below:

Panel - Thursday April 2nd

AADANT will be organising a panel for the afternoon of Thursday April 2nd as the last session of the conference. Topics will range from harm minimisation, decriminalisation, stigma, policy and advocacy, etc. As panel members are confirmed, they will be added here. If you would like to submit a question for the panel, please email Katie Flynn by Monday 30th April 2020.

Moderated by Margo MacGregor - Therapy and Strategy Social Worker BushMob Aboriginal Corporation

Dr. Jennifer Delima

Director, Addiction and Clinical Forensic Medicine Alice Springs Hospital,  Central Australia Health Service

Dr. Adrian Farrugia

Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University 

Will MacGregor

CEO BushMob Aboriginal Corporation

Dr. Suzie Hudson

Clinical Director, Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies 


Presentations and Workshops will be added as they are confirmed:

Date Time Topic Presenter
Wednesday April 1st 11:15-12:15PM Cracks in the Ice – Supporting Australians affected by crystal methamphetamine through a digital information initiative  Dr. Steph Kershaw, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Medical School University of Sydney
Wednesday April 1st 11:15-12:15PM Stigma & Discrimination Against Drug Users Shayne Kilford, NTAHC
Wednesday April 1st 1:15-2:15PM Family Inclusive Practice Elizabeth Stubbs, CAAPS
Wednesday April 1st 1:15-2:15PM Indigneous Healthinfonet Avinna Trzesinski, AIAODKC
Wednesday April 1st 2:15-2:45PM Brothers4Recovery Nikki McCoy, Counselling/Creative Arts Therapy
Wednesday April 1st 2:15-2:45PM    
Wednesday April 1st 3:15-4:15PM  The Peace Education Program in South Australia and Alice Springs (Commit2Change) Dr. Andrew Ramsay, Consulting GP Noarlunga Emergency Hospital
Wednesday April 1st 3:15-4:15PM Support The Family - Improve the Outcome Chrissie Kelly, Family Drug Support


Date Time Topic Presenter
Thursday April 2nd  9:00-10:00AM Yarning about smoking Remote AOD Tools Andrew Scholz, Remote AOD Workforce
Thursday April 2nd  9:00-10:00AM TBD Professor Katherine Mills, Director of Early Intervention and Treatment Research, The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use
Thursday April 2nd  10:00-10:30AM On Country Cultural Healing Camps John Riley, Adult Social & Emotional Wellbeing Counsellor Apunipima Cape York Health Council
Thursday April 2nd  10:00-10:30AM The use of psychedelic drugs as treatment for mental health conditions Dr. Stephen Bright, Edith Cowan University 
Thursday April 2nd  11:00-12:00PM Mental Health issues experienced by young people accessing BushMob, integrated mental health and AOD interventions

Margo Macgregor, Therapy and Strategy Social Worker BushMob Aboriginal Corporation 
Jamie Cigobia, BushMob Aboriginal Corporation

Pip Williams, board member and health educator

Thursday April 2nd  11:00-12:00PM

Methamphetamine: Support not Stigma

Dr Suzie Hudson, Clinical Director Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies
Thursday April 2nd  12:00-12:30PM Challenging stigma to encourage take-home naloxone uptake

Dr. Adrian Farrugia, Research Fellow Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
LaTrobe University 
Thursday April 2nd  12:00-12:30PM Models and Outcomes in residential treatment drug and alcohol disorders Dr. Bernard Hickey, Psychiatric services to Barkly Mental Health Services NT, Private Practice
Thursday April 2nd 12:00-12:30PM The role of peer-based Brief Interventions in pill testing services Stephanie Tzanetis, Harm Reduction Victoria, DanceWize Program
Thursday April 2nd  1:30-2:30PM AOD Media Watch Dr. Stephen Bright, Edith Cowan University 
Thursday April 2nd  1:30-2:30PM TBD Professor Anthony Shakeshaft, National Drug and Alcohol Reseach Centre
Thursday April 2nd  2:45-3:45PM Panel Discussion