2018 NDARC Annual Research Symposium Presentations Available Online

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has released presentations from their annual research symposium on October 8th.

Please see presentations below:

Presenter Presentation
Dr Amy Peacock
NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, NDARC
Emerging trends in drug use, harms, and markets: Findings from Drug Trends 2018
Professor Andrew Lloyd
Program Head Viral Immunology Systems Program, The Kirby Institute
Surveillance and Treatment of Prisoners with Hepatitis C


Dr Anne-Marie Eades
UNSW Scientia Fellow Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
Exploring the role of Aboriginal women in their families and communities: it’s impact on their health and implications for delivery of services
Ms Catherine Foley
Doctoral Candidate, NDARC
Psychologist, Coffs Harbour Drug and Alcohol Service, MNCLHD 
The development and testing of a framework to increase the uptake of integrated care into routine service delivery by drug and alcohol and mental health clinical services
Dr Don Weatherburn
Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Does imprisoning drink-drivers reduce the risk of drink-driving?
Ms Janni Leung
Gender Differences in HIV, Anti-HCV And HBsAg in People Who Inject Drugs
Professor Julie Bruneau
Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Montreal
Enhancing quality health care for people who use drugs
Professor Louis Fiore
Professor of Medicine and Professor Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, VA Boston Healthcare System
Embedding evaluation into the delivery of routine services
Mr Matthew O’Reilly
Doctoral Candidate, NDARC
Understanding how a high-level drug trafficking network in Australia adapted to changes in its drug supply
Mr Philip Clare
Doctoral Candidate and Biostatistician, NDARC
Adverse adult consequences of different alcohol use patterns in adolescence
Ms Rachel Sutherland
Doctoral Candidate, Senior Research Officer Drug Trends Program, NDARC
Availability and use of new and emerging psychoactive substances in Australia: Findings from Drug Trends 2018
Ms Rebecca Bosworth
Availability of condoms and conjugal visits in prisons
Global assessment of the availability of Condoms & conjugal visits in prisons (poster)
Mr Richard Mellor
Systematic Review of Untreated Remission from Alcohol Problems: Estimation Lies in the Eye of the Beholder 
Ms Skye Bullen
Masters by Research Candidate, NDARC
The effectiveness and cost-benefit of an NGO delivered program for high-risk young people, and integrating research into multiple NGO services nationally

Up to $10 Million Fines May Apply For Retailers Misleading Consumers About Alcohol Prices

Please see media release from Northern Territory Consumer Affairs on the floor price legislation prices of alcohol: Up to $10 Million Fines May Apply For Retailers Misleading Consumers About Alcohol Prices

The Acting Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Sandy Otto, is warning retailers not to mislead or deceive consumers about the price of alcohol following the introduction of the Northern Territory Government’s floor price legislation. The minimum floor price legislation means a standard drink may not be sold for less than $1.30 in the Northern Territory.

There has been a lot of public comment about alcoholic beverage prices especially beer prices increasing well beyond the floor price legislation and the increase being blamed on this legislation.

The below chart outlines the minimum that beer products may be sold for under the minimum floor price legislation.

If your beer product(s) are for sale at a higher price point than of that listed below, that is a decision of the retailer.

However if your beer product(s) are for sale at a higher price point than of that listed below and you are told it is as a result of the minimum floor price legislation, that may be a misleading or deceptive practice.

Any retailers found increasing the cost of products beyond the below listed items and blaming the minimum floor price legislation could be engaging in misleading or deceptive practices and may be in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

Heavy penalties apply with up to $500,000 for an individual and $10 million for a corporation. If Territorians feel they may be being misled or deceived, they can contact Consumer Affairs on 8999 1999 or 1800 019 319 or email consumer@nt.gov.au

AADANT Media Release: Mandatory Treatment and Alcohol Floor Pricing

Monday 15th October 2018

The Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) would like to state we do not support the reintroduction of Mandatory Treatment in the Northern Territory or the removal of floor pricing on alcohol.

The evaluation of the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) program released in 2017 outlined clearly that this approach in addressing harmful alcohol use was not effective, and it was more a punitive approach rather than a treatment option. It was an approach which does not acknowledge the rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who were most impacted.

The report also outlined the financial costs of AMT and the excessive funding required to operate the program as compared to other forms of alcohol and drug treatment such as residential rehab and other clinical services. AADANT supports treatment options which are developed with consultation and input from individuals and communities that are evidence based and sit within a Harm Reduction Framework.

AADANT further supports development of alcohol and drug treatment options based on, and supportive of human rights that do not create barriers by criminalising people or removing civil liberties.

AADANT continues to support the recommendations from the Riley Review and remains supportive of the Northern Territory Government’s implementation of these recommendations. Many of these recommendations are a part of a comprehensive plan to reduce the costs associated with harmful alcohol use and dependence in the Northern Territory. As the NT Government have stated, individual aspects should be not viewed as a standalone solution.

AADANT supports regular evaluation of all aspects of the implementation and acknowledges some areas of the implementation may require a longitudinal approach with regular and thorough evaluation throughout the process. While there has been some issue raised with floor pricing implemented in the last two weeks, it is important we acknowledge this initiative is designed to reduce harm through removing low priced alcohol from the market. Floor pricing is once again one aspect of an overall objective to reduce the significant cost of harmful alcohol use in the Northern Territory.

Richard Michell
Executive Officer
Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT

AADANT Youth AOD Networking Meeting November 16, Darwin

The Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT) will be holding Youth AOD networking meetings to promote youth AOD service in the Top End. AADANT will coordinate these meetings to identify, promote, and lobby for youth-specific drug and alcohol services.

Please see information below for the fourth meeting in Darwin, Friday 16th November. Contact Katie (project@aadant.org.au, 0429 009 599) if you would like to attend and be added to the Youth AOD Networking Meeting mailing list.

Youth Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Meeting

Friday 16 November 2018, 2:00-3:00pm

48-50 Smith Street, Darwin Innovation Hub Level 1

          To link in via teleconference:

Phone:  1800 238 182          Access Code:  41737