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28 Apr. 2023

AADANT Conference 2023: Program Released

AADANT is pleased to release the program for the 2023 conference in Darwin Together We Make A Difference.

This year, AADANT has given significant attention to local programs and evaluations, and to experts who are doing research invaluable to the AOD sector nationally. 

Please see the program below and don't forget to register for the conference May 23-24 in Darwin.



Tuesday 23 May 2023

Time Activity Ballroom B Signature Room
8:30AM Registration    
9:00AM Welcome To Country Larrakia Nation  
9:05AM MC Welcome Mel Walker - AADC  
9:10AM Minister Open    
9:20AM MC Address Mel Walker  
9:30AM Keynote: Peter d'Abbs The AOD Sourcebook Launch  
10:35AM Morning Tea    
11:00AM Keynote: Nicole Hewlett Finding the Ganma in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder   
12:05PM Lunch    
1:00PM Session 1 CAAPS Healthy Families Program – evaluation lessons Amanda Davies (360 Edge) Elizabeth Stubbs (CAAPS) SMART Recovery Australia: Delivering evidence based outcomes through cross sector collaboration and innovation - Dan Raffell
1:30PM Session 2 Supporting family members' and friends' individual recovery with a locally co-designed peer-led recovery program in Darwin - Dr Noemi Tari-Keresztes and Noelene Armstrong  Alternative to Custody Program - DASA
2:00PM Session 3 Stories Project - Sam Moore The Glen Centre
2:30PM Afternoon Tea    
3:00PM Session 4 Justice Reform Initiative - Rocket Bretherton “It started 30 years ago, and it still haunts me”: an exploratory investigation of Territorians’ gambling behaviours, harm, and help-seeking for gambling issues in an Australian jurisdiction - Dr Himanshu Gupta
3:30PM Session 5 Kylie Lee - The Grog App Understanding the impact of ‘Recovery Together’ – a locally developed peer-led education and support program for people who experience issues related to mental health, alcohol and drug use - Noelene Armstrong, Dr. Noemi Tari-Keresztes


Wednesday 24 May 2023


Time Activity Ballroom B
9:00AM MC Welcome Mel Walker - AADC
9:15AM NTG Address Cecelia Gore - Executive Director MHAOD
9:30AM TBD  
9:45AM Alcohol Policy Coordination Unit - Giovina D'Alessandro NT Alcohol Action Plan
10:30AM Morning Tea  
11:00AM Keynote: Kylie Lee and Helen Lalara Gunja in our communities: how many people are using and what can we do?
12:00PM Keynote: Melinda Beckwith The Journey of Recovery
1:00PM NT AOD Awards Luncheon Delegates move to Signature Room
1:30PM MC Welcome and Address Mel Walker - AADC
1:45PM Award Presentations
  • Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work
  • Excellence in Harm Reduction
  • Significant Contribution
  • Excellence in NT AOD Programs
  • Excellence in Indigenous AOD Programs
  • NT AOD Worker of the Year
2:30PM Guest Speaker: Sacha King - Two Two One Mental Health Managing stress, wellbeing and burnout
3:30PM Afternoon Tea Feedback and close