APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference



Professor Amanda Baker
 (BAHons Psychology UNSW 1981, MPsych USyd 1984, PhD UNSW 1996) is a senior clinical psychologist who has worked in mental health, alcohol and other drug and forensic settings in the UK and Australia. Located at the University of Newcastle, School of Medicine and Public Health, her research has been supported by NHMRC fellowships continuously since 2003. She is Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use. Professor Baker leads an internationally renowned program of clinical research trialling novel interventions that target co-existing mental health and substance use problems. 

  Doctor Adam Bourne is Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and currently works within the Sigma research group. He specialises in research of health inequalities among marginalised populations, particularly those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Adam has lead several studies of drug and alcohol use among gay and bisexual men, as well as surveys that explore the wider health and well-being of LGBT populations. Following recent changing trends in drug use among gay men in Western Europe he has focussed attention on the use of psychoactive substances in sexual settings (colloquially referred to as ‘chemsex’). Adam is a regular advisor to the European Centres for Disease Control on the health of sexual minorities and is member of the UNAIDS platform for HIV and human rights for men who have sex with men. 

  Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC completed degrees at the University of Western Australia (BEc), Murdoch University (MPhil) and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he completed his doctorate in 1983. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from Murdoch (2006) and the University of Western Australia (2012). He was a Member of the Western Australian State Parliament from 1986 to 2006 during which he was a Minister in the Lawrence Government (1990 to 1993), Leader of the Labor Party (1996 to 2006) and State Premier from 2001 to 2006.

From 2006 to 2015 he was Director of the Graduate School of Government and is now an Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney. Geoff has served on a range of Commonwealth Government bodies, most notably the Hospitals and Health Reform Commission, the COAG Reform Council and the Australia Awards Board (Chair). He also chaired the Australian Republican Movement (2012 – 2015), and is an active supporter of deliberative democracy as a means for tackling complex issues.

    Mr Matt Hickman is a Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology at Bristol, and Honorary Public Health Consultant at Bristol City Council and Public Health England. He is the director of NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Evaluation of Interventions, and a member and co-investigator of NIHR School of Public Health Research. His research programme focuses on epidemiology and public health consequences of drug misuse – including adolescent substance use, and epidemiology and prevention of HCV and drug related mortality. MH is co-chair of Addiction Health Integration Team (AddHIT) for Bristol Health Partners, deputy regional editor of Addiction, and is a member of the Scientific Committee of European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction and WHO Technical Advisory Group on alcohol and drug epidemiology.
    Professor Nicholas (Nick) Lintzeris is an Addiction Medicine specialist who has been involved for over two decades in clinical service delivery, research, professional education and policy activities in the field. He is internationally recognised as an expert in the treatment of opioid dependence, and has clinical and research interests in benzodiazepine, cannabis and psychostimulant use.
As Director of Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Services in South East Sydney Local Health District, he oversees the provision of varied clinical services via specialist community- and hospital-based settings, for individuals with substance use problems residing within a catchment area of approximately 850,000 people. Additionally, he is a practicing clinician. Between 2011-2013, Professor Lintzeris also served as Chief Addiction Medicine Specialist (part-time) for NSW Health, providing statewide leadership on policy for the D&A sector.
    Doctor Louise Mewton is an Australian Rotary Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC). Louise’s research focuses on the application of innovative methods, techniques and technologies to further our understanding of the epidemiology, classification and prevention of substance misuse and mental illness during the critical adolescent period. Her program of research makes links across epidemiology, information technology, neuropsychiatry and prevention research, and reflects global research priorities. She is currently leading the Brain Games Study which aims to determine whether online brain training (“Brain Games”) can reduce risky behaviours, anxiety and negative emotions in adolescents which may lead to substance misuse and mental illness in the future.

    Ms June Oscar is the Chief Executive Officer of Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre and a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing. She is a Bunuba language speaker and is considered one of the most outstanding Aboriginal leaders in the Fitzroy Valley, and across Australia. She is a strong advocate and activist for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and FASD. Her courage and determination to address the most complex and sensitive issues affecting the lives of Aboriginal Australians is inspirational. June is a Chief Investigator on the Lililwan Project. In June of 2013 June was awarded an Order of Australia. June was the winner of the Westpac and Financial Review 100 Women of Influence 2013 for Social Enterprise and Not for Profit Category. In 2014 June was awarded the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In 2015 June was asked to be an Ambassador for the National Organization for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
    Doctor Jürgen Rehm, Ph.D., holds positions at the CAMH (Toronto, Canada) as Director of the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research and Head of the PAHO WHO Collaborating Centre. In addition, he has been appointed the Inaugural Chair for Addiction Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto, and section head for epidemiology at the Institute for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the Technical University Dresden (Germany). 

Dr. Rehm has published more than 700 peer-reviewed journal articles in addiction research; he is listed among the ISI/Thompson Reuters globally most highly cited in the fields of social research and epidemiology (top 1% with respect to impact as measured by citations) and has been awarded the Jellinek Award, the most prestigious award worldwide for alcohol research. He has served as consultant to many countries, and is member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel of on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems.

Professor Maree Teesson is the Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), Visiting Professor Black Dog Institute, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), Fellow Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and Fellow Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She has made a major contribution to health and medical research in the field of mental health and substance use. In particular, she is known nationally and internationally for her research on the comorbidity between mental health and substance use disorders. Maree was recently awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers and named one of the Australian Financial Review/Westpac’s 100 women of influence in the category of innovation. She has developed 7 interactive online psychological interventions and prevention programs and published over 280 research articles, reviews, book chapters, consumer books and invited contributions.