conference handbook

a copy of the handbook will be part of your registration pack - click here for a preview 

Saturday workshops

9am - 1pm
please choose one workshop from the following options: 
(limited spaces available in each workshop) 

Dr John McMenamin - How can Primary Care help your alcohol client? - click here for abstract

Dr Jamie BerryWhat to do Next After the Identification of Cognitive Impairment?  - click here for abstract

Dr Seema ClifasefiHarm Reduction for Substance Use: Meeting people where they are - click here for abstract

Jeanette Grace - Who is Everyone? - Click here for abstract

Bridgitte Thornley and Claire Booth - (PCOMS) Partners for Change Outcomes Management System Workshop - click here for abstract


Field Trips

The Cutting Edge field trips take place on Wednesday 6 September. Please see details below for each trip.

Trips can be booked during the registration process.

Field Trip 1 - Wesley Community Action - Waitangirua

Address and meeting point:

Wesley Communtiy Action, Waitangirua mall, Cnr of Warspite ave, Niagara St, Waitangirua, Please note: Wesley Community Action is the back of the mall off Niagara Street.

Start time is 1pm and the trip will finish at 3pm. Afternoon tea is provided.

The Wesley team are able to offer transport from Porirua train station.  Or make your own way to the meeting point.

Pick up from Porirua train station will be at 12.40pm, once at station make your way to the east side of station. So go under the subway and head to where all the cars are parked and we will be waiting, look out for a white van and one of staff holding a sign. 

They will aim to get you back for the 3.30pm train.

Click here for train timetable  (Kapiti Line) 

Content of the trip is:

  • Hear about the services we run in our community
  • Hear about how our clients\tauira mold our roles
  • Hear about the difference we make- when those who live here, work here
  • Powerful community lead initiatives


Field Trip 2 - The Salvation Army Bridge- WELLINGTON

Address and meeting point

The Hope Centre Reception, Level 2, 26 Riddford Street, Newtown.

Start time is 9am and the trip will finish at 10.45am. Morning tea is provided. Transport will be provided back to Hope Centre or CBD (if required).

Content of the trip is

Please join us for a leisurely walking tour of Newtown’s main drag and the Bridge – WELLINGTON.

The Bridge WELLINGTON is in a unique situation in that our day programme and residential houses are on separate locations at opposite ends in Newtown. This can equally give rise to challenges and opportunities for our client group.

Newtown is a vibrant, ethnically diverse suburb in the southern part of Wellington. With a population of approximately 8000 there is a high density of licensed premises. There are 3 Pokie venues and a TAB. The number of tinnie houses in the suburb was unavailable to the writer. 

Clients who attend the Bridge- WELLINGTON engage in intensive treatment in the real world. The Bridge offers a model of treatment that has real-world applications. At Wellington Bridge clients are encouraged and supported to trial new tools/skills and strategies. The walk between the day programme and the residential campus is one way this practice can occur in preparation for returning to their home communities.

Gone are the days of AOD treatment on isolated islands (ie. Rotoroa Is), secure facilities, and discharging clients for lapsing. Clients who attend the Bridge- WELLINGTON will leave with tested and evaluated personalized AOD refusal strategies and hope for a future in recovery.

The tours will include a dynamic overview of our programme and model of treatment, and a bit of local history too. Morning tea at our residential campus will conclude the tour. Return transportation will be provided.

The walk will be 1.7 km, with 3 stops along the way. There is a small hill at the end of the tour but the rest is flat.
-       Walking shoes and windbreakers recommended.
-       If the weather is poor the tour will continue but in a van. 

Concurrent session & Poster abstracts

poster abstracts - click here for abstracts

Thursday  2.10pm- 3.00pm

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Friday  11.40am - 1.00pm

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