Conference Conveners

Victoria Cock

Graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1998 and spent the first years  working as a Family Medicine practitioner in marginalised communities in peri urban South African settings. The focus and particular areas of interest of her work were the provision of care and treatment for those affected by HIV/AIDS in these communities.

Vicky immigrated to Australia in 2008 and undertook physicians training (RACP) and advanced training in Addiction Medicine. Currently Vicky is a consultant Addiction medicine Specialist and the Clinical Director for DASSA.

She has an interest in the management of medical co-morbidities associated with substance use. In particular alcohol related liver disease and the provision of hepatitis C care to marginalised population groups – with a focus on current IV drug users. She is a firm advocate for the principles of harm reduction across the speciality and the reduction of all forms of stigma directed at those who chose to use substances. She is also a keen teacher, educator and researcher.

Katherine Senior

Dr Kate Senior is an Addiction Medicine Specialist with Drug and Alcohol Services SA, with a background in General Practice. She has served as the Trainee Rep on the RACP Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine Committee and is the current APSAD SA Rep. As Co-Convenor, Kate is excited to welcome you to Adelaide for the APSAD 2023 Conference.

Organising Committee

Sarah Clifford

Sarah Clifford is Public Health doctorial candidate at Menzies School of Health Research. Her work focuses on the relationship between alcohol use and harms, and how policies can impact these outcomes. 

Leanne Hides

Professor Leanne Hides holds a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellowship and the industry-supported Lives Lived Well Chair in Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health at the University of Queensland. She is Deputy Director of the National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research, which is one of the four Commonwealth funded National addiction research centres in Australia.  Leanne is a clinical psychologist with almost 25 years of clinical and research experience in the development and testing of treatments for substance use and comorbid mental disorders. She also develops web and mobile-app based programs. Most of this research is conducted in partnership with government and non-government organisations (e.g. Lives Lived Well) to ensure research can be translated into practice. Leanne has over 220 peer-reviewed publications, and has presented her work at over 150 conferences.

Anke van der Sterren

Anke van der Sterren is the Senior Research Manager at the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA). Anke is a social scientist with over 25 years’ experience in research and evaluation in the areas of alcohol and other drugs, tobacco, blood borne viruses and workforce development. Anke has worked as a public health researcher in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled, university, and non-government sectors. Anke is in the 2020 cohort of the Future Health Leaders Program at UNSW and is undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Applied Public Health. Her DrPH project focuses on identifying and exploring the key domains of service user experiences that are most important to people accessing AOD services, and using these to codesign a service-user centred experience measure that reflects the perspectives and needs of multiple stakeholders—service users, service providers, policy makers/funders and researchers.

Cassandra Wright

Dr Cassandra Wright is Program Lead of the Alcohol and other Drugs research program at Menzies School of Health Research in the Northern Territory. Dr Wright is interested in the impact of alcohol policies on priority populations; reducing harms at events, and emerging products like no and very low alcohol.

Scientific Advisory Committee

Robert Ali

Robert is a Public Health Physician and Specialist in Addiction Medicine. Until October 2016 he was the clinical director of Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia; a role he held for 30 years. Currently he is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Robert is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs and member of the Cochrane Alcohol and Drug Group Editorial Board. 

Jacqueline Bowden

Professor Jacqueline Bowden is Director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University. She’s a behavioural scientist who has worked at the interface of research and public health policy for more than twenty years (particularly in tobacco and alcohol control, and more recently other drugs).

Jeff Buckley

Jeff is a Social Worker with 20 years’ experience working across government and non-government roles in alcohol and drug practice, crowd-care and harm reduction in entertainment precincts, community development, youth homelessness and adult education. He is the currently the Director of Insight, Queensland’s Centre for Alcohol and other Drug Training and Workforce Development in Queensland Health.

Lynette Bullen

Lynette, a Wiradjuri woman, has been an Aboriginal drug and alcohol clinician for over 25 years. She won the APSAD Clinician Award in 2021. She currently works as a senior drug and alcohol clinician for in the Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment Unit in NSW (based in Orange). She recently led a study into this unit that was published in Drug and Alcohol Review.

Chris Holmwood

Trying to retire, Chris is an Addiction Medicine Physician who was previously Director of Clinical Partnerships at Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA).

Prior to that he was Clinical Director of the South Australian Prison Health Service, and earlier than that was State Director of the RACGP Training Program for SA and NT.

Kylie Lee

Kylie is an Associate Professor (University of Sydney). Her research is led by community or health service requests. Kylie is lead editor on a clinical textbook requested by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alcohol and other drug workers nationally. 


Janni Leung

Dr Leung is an NHMRC Fellow at National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research (NCYSUR), University of Queensland. They research the epidemiology of substance use (e.g. cannabis, alcohol, smoking, vaping), mental health, and addiction, including gaming addiction, using quantitative analysis methods, e.g. systematic reviews, meta-analysis, cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. 

David Newcombe

Dr David Newcombe (PhD) is an Associate Professor, and Co-Director of the Centre for Addiction Research, at University of Auckland. He has worked for over 20 years in the addiction sector, in Australia and New Zealand.   His current research focuses on examining the effectiveness of different treatment approaches for stimulant misuse.

Amy Peacock

Dr Amy Peacock (BA Hons, PhD) is an Associate Professor and Program Lead for Drug Trends at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, and an Adjunct Researcher in the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. Her program of research is focused on: i) monitoring systems for detecting trends in illicit drug use and communicating risks to people who use drugs and other stakeholders and ii) epidemiology of alcohol-related risk behaviour, morbidity and mortality. 

Jimmy Perry

Jimmy from the Cooroong region and father of 3 & children, 4 Grandchildren. He has been employed by ADAC since 2001. 2012 Jimmy completed a Masters from Sydney University Faculty of Medicine. 2014, Jimmy was awarded the First People’s Award by APSAD. 2020, Jimmy was inducted into The Coralie Ober Honor Roll from NIDAC.     


Natasha Reid

Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland

Natasha is a Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist. Her research focuses on prevention of alcohol use during pregnancy and improving assessment, diagnosis and treatment services for children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their families.

Janie Sheridan

Professor Jane Sheridan (Janie) was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Addiction Research, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After completing her Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree at the University of Bath, UK, she completed her PhD at the University of London, UK in 1995. Janie’s research has included exploring harm reduction service provision through primary care, new psychoactive substances, pharmaceutical drug misuse, methadone prescribing patterns, the role of community pharmacy in screening and brief interventions, older adults alcohol consumption, and treatment for stimulant dependence. She has also been involved in undergraduate pharmacy education in the management of opioids dependence, and health issues related to substance misuse. Janie has retired from her permanent role at the School of Pharmacy, and has a part time role with the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland 

Michael White 

Michael White is Executive Director of the South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS). He represents the interests of members at both state and federal level through advocacy and representation, AOD policy development, systems planning, and research and its translation to practice. Michael has worked in the NGO and education sectors for over 35 years. He holds qualifications in adult and vocational education, quality improvement and management. 


Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is a well-respected Aboriginal leader and CEO of ADAC, the Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (South Australia). He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney.   

Scott’s personal and professional experience in substance misuse has made him a valued member of nearly every major governmental and non-governmental committee in Australia for more than 30 years.  

APSAD acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the lands and waterways throughout Australia, paying our respects to Elders past, and present.

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