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


Program Overview

The 5th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference (NIDAC18) will be held from 6 – 9 November 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia.

This Conference will consist of a three-day event to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 7 – 9 November as well as a pre-conference workshop at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide on 6 November.

The theme of this Conference, ‘Responding to Complexity’, acknowledges the range of issues including chronic health problems; injuries from assaults; homelessness; criminal offences and incarceration; and social disruptions including family and cultural breakdown that accompany harmful alcohol and other drug use. Mental health issues are a common comorbidity and, along with the continually challenging nature of alcohol and drugs and their use, means that people presenting to alcohol and drug services typically have complex, multiple needs.

Accordingly, for services to effectively respond to this complexity and restore the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a variety of interventions and supports are required.

The Conference event seeks to explore the complexity and the interventions and supports required to address harmful alcohol and drug use.

Further information about the program and speakers will be provided as it becomes available.

Pre Conference Workshop

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Dual Diagnosis Brief Intervention

This workshop will give participants an understanding of some effective ways of working with people who are struggling with issues related to drug use and mental health (dual diagnosis).  These clients can be hard to engage and it is important to quickly establish a productive working relationship with them.  The workshop will include:

  • Information on common drugs, their potential effects, and impact on mental health
  • Working with the Stages of Change as a way of informing possible treatments
  • Case management and planning
  • Harm Reduction
  • Brief interventions
  • Managing difficult behaviours
  • Professional boundaries
  • Case examples
  • A take away ‘tool kit’ of exercises and activities that participants can use to support clients.

There will be a range of learning activities for participants including information provision, informal discussion, group work, case examples and opportunities to practice some of the introduced skills.