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Australian Winter School AOD Conference

21-23 August 2024

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Southbank, Brisbane QLD Australia

Join us for Queensland's favourite alcohol and other drugs sector conference!

A place for learning and knowledge sharing.

About Winter School

About Winter School

The Australian Winter School has built a reputation over more than 30 years for delivering a high quality program of the latest developments in emerging issues and the latest developments in harm reduction and the treatment of alcohol and other drug related problems.


This national forum supports workers, clinicians and policy makers in the sector to develop skills and knowledge in responding to and treating alcohol and drug-related issues.


The conference is run over three days and features workshops, keynote speakers, breakout presentations and panel discussions to explore ideas and provide delegates with the tips, tools and solutions to:

• build capacity around implementing evidence informed practice

• examine the key components of successful and effective alcohol and other drugs harm reduction and treatment interventions

• develop an understanding of the latest innovations, good practice and continuous improvement

• discuss ways to influence policy and the important role of research and evaluation


Presentations address practice, policy and treatment areas, as well as population trends, early intervention and prevention and the issue of co-morbidity. The content provides professional development for alcohol and other drug workers, clinicians and policy makers to support their knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice.

The theme for the 2024 Australian Winter School AOD Conference is 'Different Ways of Doing'.


Following the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are highlighting the inherently different way of working that has emerged across research, policy and treatment relating to alcohol and other drugs.


With a focus on innovative practice and new ideas, the conference will have something for everyone. 

Proudly presented by

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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Professor Kane Race

Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Science 

The University Of Sydney


Louise Vincent

Executive Director

North Carolina

NC Survivors Union

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Professor James Ward


UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist University of Queensland


Dinah Ortiz-Adames

Associate Director

Community Engagement

The Bronx Defenders


Caty Simon

Research Assistant

Department of Internal Medicine

Yale University


Robert Stirling

Chief Executive Officer

Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA)


Professor Leanne Hides

Director of Meaningful Outcomes in Substance Use Treatment,

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

University of Queensland



Queensland Health

Queensland Health is the state’s largest healthcare provider, delivering a healthcare system that ranks amongst the best in the world. Through a network of 16 Hospital and Health Services, as well as public health services through the Mater Hospitals, Queensland Health delivers a range of integrated services.  These services include hospital inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, community and mental health services, aged care services, and public health and health promotion programs. Queensland Health is committed to ensuring all Queenslanders have access to a range of public hospitals and healthcare services aimed at achieving good health and wellbeing. Our shared vision in the department’s strategic plan 2021-2025 is ‘a world class health system for all Queenslander’s’. 

For more information, visit the Queensland Health website at: 


Drug Arm

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Drug ARM is a specialist not-for-profit, non-government organisation that supports people, families and communities to achieve positive transformation through awareness, rehabilitation and management. They aspire to bring about positive social change and build flourishing communities where people and families can thrive, not just survive. Their purpose is to reduce the mental, physical and social harms related to alcohol and other drug use, and to achieve positive transformation for individuals, families and communities.

For more information, visit the Drug Arm website at: 



Goldbridge Rehabilitation Services (Goldbridge) offers a results-driven program focused on personal change, well-being and social functioning. Goldbridge employs a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and Goldbridge graduates who have certification in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health. The Residential Rehabilitation Therapeutic Community (TC) program assists people to overcome the challenges of addiction. Residents attend group counselling and therapy sessions to address underlying issues. Goldbridge has a reputation as a key program on the Gold Coast that achieves sustainable recovery outcomes.

More sponsors to be announced over the coming weeks!

Join us at the 2024 Australian Winter School AOD Conference!

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