APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference


We welcome you to submit an abstract for the
APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference. We are calling for abstracts for the following presentation types;

For information regarding types of presentations and abstract preparation guidelines please see the Abstract Guidelines. Abstracts must be submitted by Sunday 22 May 2016 CLOSED.

Abstracts must be submitted using the appropriate abstract template, please see the template options below;
Please read the abstract guidelines carefully. Any abstracts that do not conform to the guidelines will not be accepted.

Abstracts must be submitted using the appropriate abstract template. All the templates will be available on our website soon.

Template Options:
There is one template divided into two sections that you may use subject to the nature of your work. Please select the relevant section from the two options within the template, details below.

We recommend using
Section A within the template: For work which describes quantitative data or results. Authors should note that the format requires the presence of concrete results, and this will be noted when abstracts are reviewed. In the case of research in progress, where results are pending at the time of submission, we would encourage this to be noted in your submission. Subheadings for Section A are; Introduction and Aims, Design and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.

We recommend Section B: For work which is more descriptive including qualitative research, mixed methods research, policy analysis, methods papers and/or some empirical studies. Subheadings for Section B are; Introduction/Issues, Method/Approach, Key Findings, Discussions and Conclusions.

Presenters using either section of the Template are encouraged to include the two ‘optional’ points in the template; Implications for Practice or Policy and Implications for Translational Research. If you choose to do so you will be granted an additional *50 words to answer them.

The Scientific Program Committee may reallocate a presentation type on the basis of time, content, space available and applicability to the Conference themes.

Note: Abstract presenters will be required to fund their own attendance at the conference and should not submit an abstract if this is not possible.

Disclosure of Interest/Ethical Statement
APSAD recognises the considerable contribution that industry partners make to professional and research activities. We also recognise the need for transparency of disclosure of potential conflicts of interest by acknowledging these relationships in publications and presentations.

For an example of a disclosure of interest/ethical statement please see below:
Dr Smith has received funding from Metabolism Corp. No pharmaceutical grants were received in the development of this study.

Note: If accepted into the program you will be requested to include a disclosure of interest slide into your presentation or include such statements in your poster.

Themes for Submission

Authors must select one or more of the following themes that their abstract relates to.

Addiction reconceptualised


Prevention & early intervention

Adolescents / youth

Harms & harm reduction

Prisons & prisoner health

Aetiology (including genetics)

Health, law & human rights

Psychopharmacology & psychobiology


Health policy & reforms

Regional challenges & innovations

Blood-borne viruses

Health services & systems

Social & community issues


Heroin & opioids

Special populations

Children & families

Indigenous issues



Injecting drug use

Treatment & interventions

Consumers & peers

Methamphetamine & psychostimulants

Treatment settings

Crime, justice & legal issues


Translational research

Cross culture & international

New technologies & e-interventions

Women & maternal issues

Drug policy reform

Older adults

Workforce issues

Ecstasy & emerging psychoactive substances

Pharmaceuticals (consumption)

Other AOD issues


Prescription opioid treatment

Notification of Acceptance
Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by 15th July 2016. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations that cannot be accommodated within the program will be considered and reviewed for a poster presentation.

Publication in the Drug and Alcohol Review
Accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement of the Drug and Alcohol Review distributed at the conference.

The Drug and Alcohol Review is APSAD’s official journal and is Asia-Pacific’s leading multidisciplinary journal addressing issues related to alcohol and drug-related problems. Published bi-monthly as of 2005, the Drug and Alcohol Review presents original research, policy development and information in the drug and alcohol research field. The journal is an international forum for the views, expertise and experience of all those involved in the study of treatment of alcohol, tobacco and drug problems. The journal represents an important source of information to clinicians, drug and alcohol agency staff, researchers, policy makers, and alcohol service administrators.

Please consider this when writing your abstract, structure it accordingly (including any relevant data) and proofread abstracts carefully to avoid errors before submission.

Abstract Mentor Program
The goal of the APSAD Sydney 2016 Abstract Mentor Program is to provide an opportunity for First Peoples (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori), Community Groups, and Early Career Researchers to have their draft abstracts mentored by more experienced authors before submitting their abstract to the conference.

Abstracts submitted by authors that have volunteered to be a mentor in the program will not automatically be accepted. The same applies for abstracts submitted by authors that were mentored by the program.

For more information please check the abstract mentor program section.