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The Conference streams

When submitting an abstract you are asked to select a preferred stream, however abstract selection panels may recommend your abstract for another stream.

Media representations of alcohol and other drugs

The purpose of this stream is to explore the impact of media, reporting on community attitudes, and efforts to change perspective including reducing stigma and discrimination.

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: social media impacts; alcohol advertising; research on media trends.

Consumer voice: barriers and opportunities

The purpose of this stream is to complement the keynote presentation, that will be focusing on stigma and discrimination, enabling a platform for consumer voice that is influencing positive change (shifting perspective).

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: consumer experiences of engagement at an organisation or systems level; peer worker experiences; consumer led/driven research.

Note: consumer led presentations will be prioritised.

Law reform and policy that reduces harm

The purpose of this stream is to explore the explore law reform and policy needed to reduce alcohol and other drug harms. This stream provides an opportunity to better understand the barriers to achieve evidence informed policy, and the priority focus for WA.

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: harm reduction research; international and national law reform developments; drug checking.

Justice reinvestment initiatives that reduce individual and community harm

The purpose of this stream is to explore the principles of justice reinvestment and its development and priorities in WA. This stream provides an opportunity to support an awareness of how existing alcohol and other drugs initiatives fit within the justice reinvestment mode.

Presentations in this stream might include, but are not limited to: WA and national justice reinvestment initiatives; Innovation in diversion

Reducing engagement with the justice system through alcohol and other drug programs

The purpose of this stream is to explore the expanding role and importance of alcohol and other drug programs in prisons and through reintegration. This stream provides an opportunity to share information about prison and post- release alcohol and other drug programs in WA and consider opportunities for future development in this area.

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: reintegration services; prison alcohol and other drug programs.

Media representations of alcohol and other drugs

The purpose of this stream is to explore the impact of media, reporting on community attitudes, and efforts to change perspective including reducing stigma and discrimination.

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: social media impacts; alcohol advertising; research on media trends.

Celebrating Diversity

Acknowledgement of peoples’ diversity and strategies to promote inclusion and access within the alcohol and other drug sector for people who are Aboriginal and/or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and/ or people with diverse genders and/or sexuality. Approaches which foster inclusion and access are people centred and collaborative, involving consultation with consumers including family and significant others, and organisations which represent cultural groups, addressing stigma and applying principles of trauma informed care and practice such as safety, choice, collaboration, empowerment, trustworthiness and recognising the impacts of culture and gender on peoples’ experiences.

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: specific services or programs that address peoples’ diverse needs; organisational approaches to cultural diversity such as recruitment and retention or workforce development; resources that increase access and inclusion.

Co-occurring alcohol and other drug issues with health and/or mental health

The purpose of this stream is to explore health reform initiatives and the opportunities these present to the alcohol and other drug sector. Within this reform there is an opportunity to hear about effective cross-sector collaborations that support equitable access that enables improved health and wellbeing for consumers who experience co-occurring alcohol and other drug and health and/or mental health issues.

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: capability building across sectors, including care coordination; pathways between and across health/mental health and alcohol and other drug services; holistic responses to support Aboriginal peoples; trauma informed care and practice; eliminating hepatitis C initiatives; public health responses to alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol and other drugs and social determinants of health

The purpose of this stream is to explore and share cross-sector collaborations or other programs and services that address alcohol and other drugs and a range of social determinants of health and approaches to effectively address intersectionality of issues to holistically meet the needs of service users and communities.

Presentations in this stream might include but are not limited to: responding to alcohol and other drug issues together with domestic and family violence, child protection, housing and homelessness, disability, and poverty; research on responses to co-occurring issues.