Proudly hosted by the Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Council (SA) Aboriginal Corporation.


Day 1
24 Mar 2021
Day 2
25 Mar 2021
Day 3
26 Mar 2021

Morning Tea

Keynote: Trauma-aware and healing-informed healing

Healing enables people to address distress, overcome trauma, and restore wellbeing. Ways to support healing include reconnecting with culture, strengthening identity, restoring safe and enduring relationships, and supporting communities to...
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Fiona Petersen CEO Healing Foundation
Fiona Petersen


Working together in prison-based drug and alcohol treatment: a cultural/clinical model

This presentation explores a cultural / clinical model being used in a criminogenic drug and alcohol program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in Victoria’s public prisons. The 44-hour...
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Supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in their alcohol care

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (‘Aboriginal’) community controlled health services (ACCHSs) offer accessible and culturally secure care to their communities.  There are many pressures on staff time. We worked with...
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Bunjilwarra – a Healing journey for Aboriginal youth

Bunjilwarra is an Aboriginal youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) residential rehabilitation service situated near Melbourne. Bunjilwarra has been operating as a partnership model between the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service...
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The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre: supporting the workforce

Staying up to date with the latest research and developments in the alcohol and other drugs field can be a challenge for those in the health workforce. The Australian Indigenous...
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Alcohol and other drug use of Aboriginal people involved in the NSW criminal justice system

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are imprisoned at 13 times the rate of other Australians. Alcohol and other drug (AoD) use and associated problematic behaviour is a contributing factor...
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Qualitative interview results: how best to support Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services with delivering alcohol care to our communities

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have identified alcohol harms as a key concern. Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) are in a unique position to offer culturally-appropriate help or...
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Buladu-Ngarrgu Program

Odyssey House Victoria offers the Aboriginal residents a weekly cultural program  that provides opportunity to explore Family history, language music ,arts and crafts, dance ceremony and traditional foods. Buladu-Ngarrgu means...
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From Action on Ice to ‘Eyez on Ice’ in Queensland

Crystal methamphetamine (ice) continues to impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities. Following strong representation by the Community Controlled Alcohol and Other Drugs sector, the Queensland Government...
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The Aboriginal Post-Release Pathways Project: Creating Alternative Pathways from Imprisonment

The Aboriginal Post-Release Pathways Project supports Aboriginal men and women exiting or in contact with the criminal justice system, requiring support for alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. The program...
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ADAN The journey from a network to a Corporation

The creation of ADAN was an outcome from the NSW ‘Talking About Grog Summit’ held in Sydney in 2003. The summit recognised that Aboriginal alcohol and other drug workers in...
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Assertive Community Care – An Aboriginal Perspective

Sydney Local Health District Assertive Community Management project is a key component of the 2016-17 NSW Drug Package. This Package allocated $14.5 million over four years to help people with...
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Creating pathways for Indigenous Australians to lead the way in alcohol research

The Centre of Research Excellence in Indigenous Health and Alcohol aims to create the best opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to find solutions to alcohol problems through...
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End of sessions for day 1

Keynote: Adaptation of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening test in electronic form for use with Aboriginal communities

Associate Professor Robert Ali will discuss the progress of the adaptation of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Tool (ASSIST) for use with Aboriginal Communities. Project aims include: Provide...
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Assoc Prof. Robert Ali
Associate Professor Robert Ali

Keynote: Indigenous research and therapeutic perspectives on healing complex trauma

Drawing on current research and 10 years of therapeutic experience supporting Aboriginal clients, Dr Graham Gee will explore different aspects of healing complex trauma within Indigenous contexts. He will discuss...
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Dr Graham Gee

LUNCHTIME WORKSHOP: An introduction to evidence-based practice and clinical research

Are you a clinician who is interested in research but aren’t sure where to start? NCCRED are facilitating a workshop for people working in the AOD sector, which aims to...
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Empowerment of clients’ recovery journeys using the AIMHi Stay strong application

In 2019, Life Without Barriers (LWB) Drug and Alcohol Counselling Service has utilised the motivational care planning intervention, the AIMHi Stay Strong Application (app) with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
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Alcohol and family violence in the East Kimberley

Family violence and alcohol misuse have extremely detrimental effects on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Both issues contribute to a broad suite of acute and chronic...
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The impact of AOD on the Social & Emotional Wellbeing of ATSI Individuals, Families and Communities

Alcohol and other Drugs addiction has a direct link to trauma. An evolving pandemic; it has impacted the health, behaviors and well-being of Aboriginal individuals, families and communities since its...
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Community support systems and the Peace Education Program for parolees and community corrections

This session will examine “Connection” as a pathway to healing.  The three speakers have all observed the positive outcomes through connection: to community, culture and to innate personal strengths. As...
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Alcohol management and alcohol-related family violence in Indigenous North-West Australia

Unacceptable rates of violence, assault, early death and avoidable illness in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations of the East Kimberley region of Western Australia have complex associations with...
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Measuring performance of treatment services: what is important to Aboriginal clients?

The measurement of the performance of non-government drug treatment services is currently dominated by measures of output and process. This is inconsistent with policy and literature which recommends that patient-reported...
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Aboriginal families’ role in methamphetamine-related harm reduction and their support needs.

A prominent feature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal thereafter) communities is the societal, family and kinship structures in place, which extend beyond classical nuclear families in non-Indigenous cultures. ...
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Asking people about their drinking on the ‘Grog Survey App’ and applying these learnings to other drugs

There is a severe lack of accurate data on patterns of drinking and drug use among Indigenous Australians. The most reliable data is more than two decades old and specific...
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Treating opioid use disorder in remote Australia

Use of opioids – sometimes heroin, more often prescription opioids – is common and problematic in rural and remote settings; it is more prevalent in Aboriginal communities. Opioid agonist treatment...
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‘Tidda-Links’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women Guiding Service Planning

Experiences of domestic and family violence and sexual assault can have long term adverse health effects on a woman. In Australia, 17% of women have experienced sexual assault since the...
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Overcoming trauma associated with racism and problematic alcohol and other drug use.

In 2020, the Queensland Mental Health Commission released Don’t Judge, and Listen – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, families and individuals experiences of stigma and discrimination related to problematic...
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Homage to the obstacles through lived experience

Being a Drug and Alcohol Caseworker with lived experience of addiction, prostitution, mental illness, trauma, homelessness and domestic violence has provided a different perspective when offering compassion and support to...
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Afternoon tea

Workshop: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder a whole of community response

If Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a whole of community issue, then what would a whole of community response look like. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have led...
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End of sessions for day 2

Keynote: Constructs of care and healing: the value of First Nations’ knowledges and experiences

First Nations people continue to lead the way in creating and advocating for health and social care that properly takes account of First Nations knowledges, evidence and lived experiences. Recent...
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Morning Tea