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AADANT Drug and Alcohol Conference: Diversify and Adapt

18 May. 2021 to 19 May. 2021

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) will hold their annual drug and alcohol conference on May 18-19 2021 in Darwin at the Darwin Convention Centre. The two-day event will focus on diversifying and adapting within the NT AOD Sector. 




AADANT is pleased to open registrations for the 2021 AOD Conference in Darwin. The conference will take place at the Darwin Convention Centre 18-19 May followed by an awards night for the NT AOD sector May 18, and a post-conference workshop by 360Edge's Nicole Lee on Thursday 20 May. 

This year's keynote on day one is 360Edge's Professor Nicole Lee. Nicole is the face of 360Edge. Problem solver, pragmatist, 'Ice Queen'. She is an international leader in all things alcohol and drug policy and practice, and best known for her expertise on Australia's methamphetamine problems. Her advice has been sought after by Australian state and federal governments, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Not your typical academic, her entertaining keynote style makes research come alive. She makes the complex clear and easy to understand.



This year's day two keynote is Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson AM. Judy Atkinson is a Jiman Bundjalung women, whose work is in the area of violence and relational trauma, and healing for Indigenous, and indeed all peoples. She has a PhD from QUT.  She was awarded the Carrick (Neville Bonner) Award in 2006 for her Innovative Curriculum Development and Teaching Practice, and in 2011 the Fritz Redlich award for Mental Health and Human Rights from the Harvard University Global Mental Health Trauma and Recovery program of which she is a graduate. Judy retired at the end of 2010, so she can focus on community based violence-trauma healing work, what she calls educaring, in Australia and Papua New Guinea.


If you have any questions about the conference or registration, please email Katie Flynn or call 0429 009 599



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Schedule of Events - Tuesday 18th May
8:30AM Registration coffee and tea  
9:00AM Larrakia Nation Welcome to Country
9:10AM Peter Burnheim EO Welcome
9:20AM Hon. Natasha Fyles Minister Open and Address
9:30AM Jennifer Duncan MC Welcome and Address
9:40AM Cecelia Gore Department of Health Update
9:50AM Gill Yearsley NT Primary Health Network Update
10:00AM Morning Tea  
10:20AM Professor Nicole Lee Keynote Speaker: Is my AOD Service Working?
11:20AM Professor James Smith Menzies School of Health Research: Alcohol harm minimisation in the Northern Territory: Building contextual evidence to inform policy and practice change
12:30PM Lunch  
1:10PM Session 3 & 4 3) neami and NTPHN: Adult Mental Health Centre Consultation Processes, Pieter Walker and Joe Petrucci 4) Public Health Directorate and DanceWize, David Decolongon and Steph Tzanetis
2:00PM Session 5 & 6 5) AADANT Youth Project Outcomes and Future Planning, Britt Guy 6) NTAHC Improving access to injecting equipment across regional and remote Northern Territory, Gen Dally
2:35PM Session 7 & 8 7) TeamHealth TeamTalk program, Anne Gawen 8) Menzies School of Health Research, Personal recovery and peer support in mental health and alcohol and other drug context, Noemi Tari-Keresztes, Noelene Armstrong, Xenia Girdler
3:10PM Afternoon Tea  
3:20PM Session 9 & 10 9) Edith Cowan University, MDMA Assisted Therapy via Zoom Dr. Stephen Bright 10) TBC
4:00PM Session 11 & 12 11) Amity Community Services, Outcomes based service delivery utilising feedback informed treatment, Paul Turner and Luke Nox 12) NT Department of Health, East Arnhem Youth AOD Service consultation process, Cecelia Gore and Natalie Sarsfield


Schedule of Events - Wednesday 19th May
8:30AM Registration coffee and tea  
9:00AM Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson Keynote Speaker: Understanding Trauma and AOD
10:00AM   TBC
11:00AM Morning Tea  
11:20AM Session 13 & 14 13) Menizes School of Health Research, Introducing the Source Book, Peter D'Abbs 14) FORWAARD training and education CERT IV program, Stephen Versteegh
11:50AM Session 15 & 16 15) Univeristy of Sydney, How to Apply the National Comorbidity Guidelines to your Work, Erin Madden 16) Remote AOD, Working with Trauma from a clinical perspective, Lauren Buckley
12:50PM Lunch  
1:20PM Session 17 & 18 17) Remote AOD, Working with Trauma from a clinical perspective, Lauren Buckley cont'd 18) CAAPS New Youth Program
1:55PM Session 19 & 20 19) headspace, Placing Young People at the Centre of Your Service 20) TBC
2:25PM Session 21 & 22 21) Darwin Private Hospital, New Mental Health Centre 22) CatholicCare NT, Animal Therapy feat. Trooper the therapy Kelpie, Linda Spencer
3:00PM Afternoon Tea  
3:20PM Panel TBC
4:30PM Evaluation and Close  


NT AOD Sector Awards Night

AADANT will host the first NT AOD Sector Awards on May 18th 2021 at Wharf One at the Darwin Waterfront. Tickets can be purchased for the awards night and are available through the conference registration form here.

You may nominate workers and/or organisations in the NT AOD Sector for the below awards:

  • NT AOD Worker of the Year (2020)

  • Outstanding Contribution to Youth AOD

  • Developing Practice Award

  • Significant Contribution Award

  • Excellence in Harm Reduction

  • Excellence in NT AOD Treatment

  • Excellence in Indigenous AOD Programs

Nominations have now closed.