overview of the programme

Wednesday 6 September 

Maori Hui  8.30am - 5pm at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Wellington waterfront - click here to register 
DRUA Fono at Rangimarie Room, Te Papa 
Field Trips - See below or click here for an overview

Thursday 7 September

8.45am - 5.10pm  conference programme
from 7.00pm   Oscarz Awards Dinner

Members subsidized rate $55 per person
Non-members or additional tickets $80 per person 

Friday 8 September

8.30am - 4pm

Saturday 9 September 

9am - 1pm optional workshops 

Māori Hui - Wednesday 6 September

This year’s pre-Cutting Edge Māori hui will be held on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, the Waterfront in Wellington.
8.30am - 5.00pm

Traditionally, this hui has been an opportunity for Māori working in the addiction sector to engage with mana whenua in a meaningful way and to connect with others working in the sector. Our hui this year will be a chance to discuss how we can tautoko each other within our various roles, discuss future initiatives, innovation and creative service delivery and interventions and to celebrate our past successes to assist in planning for 2018.

More information (including an agenda) will be posted closer to the hui. We have the opportunity to take kōrero from this hui to the Cutting Edge Conference, so consider what we might want our colleagues to hear.

Please click here to register

If you have any difficulty with registration please contact

For a copy of the flyer - click here

DRUA Fono - Wednesday 6th September

DRUA Fono will be held on Wednesday 6th September in the Rangimarie Room at Te Papa, Wellington.

Time: 8.30am – 5.00pm (Tbc)

Registrations opening soon 

Saturday workshops

9am - 1pm
please choose one workshop from the following options: 

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

Laurie Siegel-Woodward and Claire Booth - (PCOMS) Partners for Change Outcomes Management System Workshop - click here for abstract 




Cutting Edge Programme

CE2017 Programme

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.

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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Stream 2
Stream 3
Stream 4
Stream 5

Friday  11.40am - 1.00pm

Stream 1
Stream 2
Stream 3
Stream 4
Stream 5

Poster abstracts

Poster Abstracts

Lunchtime meeting


Family Whānau Focused Interest Group

This meeting is for anyone interested in working with family, whānau and friends.  Come along to meet others with a passion for this work and share ideas, collaborations and opportunities.


Discussion on Future Directions for AOD Practitioner Workforce Development and Training

Facilitated by Peter Adams

We invite addiction practitioners, educators, employers, those in government agencies and anyone else interested in addiction workforce development to an open discussion about how we might move forward with AOD practitioner qualifications in our sector. Our interest follows from a recently published article in which we describe the last twenty years in which we have developed postgraduate certificate qualifications in addiction practice at the universities of Otago and Auckland. We see now as an opportune time to take stock and explore possibilities for the future. Those attending will be asked to consider three key questions: who do we want working as practitioners in the addiction field? Where might they come from? And what qualifications will we need in the future? The last part of the symposium will involve a mix of small group and big group discussions focused on developing a set of recommendations on future directions and what the next steps might be. 

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