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AADANT Professional Development Forum 2024

15 May. 2024 to 16 May. 2024

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) is pleased to announce a new format conference in Darwin.

AADANT will provide a two-day professional development forum on May 15-16 in Darwin in place of a traditional two-day conference.

We have surveyed and consulted with our membership and relevant stakeholders to come to this decision, and we are excited by the opportunity to deliver a new event to the NT AOD Sector.

While some aspects of the event will remain similar, the purpose of this two-day event is to provide micro-skills training to the NT AOD Sector in a way that promotes collaboration and networking between NT AOD Services. 

Keynote: Kate Seear of Latrobe University - Access to AOD treatment services from a human rights perspective 

Our keynote will be Associate Professor Kate Seear, Principal Research Fellow in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2021-) and a practising solicitor. She was an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow from 2016-2019.

Kate has a multidisciplinary background (sociology, gender studies and the law). Her research is socio-legal and empirical in nature and typically explores connections between law, alcohol and other drugs, health, gender and the body. Her particular interests include intersections between harm reduction and the law, and drugs, gender, human rights and the law.

Before commencing with La Trobe University, Kate was Associate Professor in Law at Monash University. Kate is the Co-Editor of the journal Contemporary Drug Problems (with Professor kylie valentine of UNSW).

Kate will deliver a keynote about the human rights of people who access alcohol and other drug treatment, including human rights considerations in NT AOD policy. 

The Details:

May 15-16 2024
Hilton Darwin, 32 Mitchell St Darwin City

Micro skills workshops* during the two-day event:

  • Working with complex clients
  • Emerging drugs of concern
  • Culturally responsive practice
  • Mental Health
  • SEWB models of care

*AADANT reserves the right to change these workshops based on availability and unforeseen circumstances leading up to the event.

Melanie Walker of AADC, the National AOD Peak, will make a return as the Master of Ceremonies.

The AADANT 2024 NT AOD Awards Luncheon will be held on the afternoon of May 16 in conjunction with the professional development forum. Award nominations will open in December and close in March 2024. 


Preliminary Programme 

Wednesday 15th May 2024

Time Activity Presenter Title
8:30AM Welcome and registration    
9:00AM Welcome to Country Larrakia Nation  
9:10AM MC Welcome and address Mel Walker  
9:25AM Minister Welcome TBD  
9:35AM EO Welcome and Address Stephanie Holmes  
9:40AM Northern Territory Government Update Opportunity TBD  
9:50AM Northern Territory PHN Update Opportunity TBD  
10AM Introduction of the Forum Mel Walker  
10:15AM Morning Tea Break    
10:45AM Keynote Professor Kate Seear  Human Rights considerations when accessing AOD Treatment
12:00PM Lunch Break    
12:40PM Workshop 1 Sacha King Working with Mental Health Clients in an AOD context
2:10PM Afternoon Tea Break    
2:30PM Workshop 2 Melinda Beckwith Working with clients presenting with multiple complex needs
4PM Close Day 1    


Thursday 16th May 2024

Time Activity Presenter Title
8:30AM  Welcome Coffee and Tea    
9:00AM MC Welcome and Address Mel Walker  
9:20AM Workshop 3 Elizabeth Stubbs Culturally Responsive Practice for Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (12-25 years)
10:30AM Morning Tea Break    
10:45AM Workshop 3 cont'd Elizabeth Stubbs Culturally Responsive Practice for Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (12-25 years)
12:45PM Awards Luncheon MC Mel Walker  
1:30PM  NT AOD Awards Presentation    
2:00PM Workshop 4 TBD  
3:30PM Evaluation and Close Mel Walker  


Registration is now open, access rates here.