Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa

It takes a village to raise a child - click here for abstract

A graduate of the University of Waikato (BA) and the University of New South Wales (LLB), Justice Tuatagaloa is the first woman to be sworn in as a Judge in Samoa initially in the District Court from 2011 and in August 2015 was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge.   With the launch of the Alcohol and Drugs Court (ADC) in February 2016, she has presided over this specialized Court since its establishment.

With a passion to reduce offending prompted by alcohol and drug abuse by way of therapeutic means a lot of groundwork has taken place in the last year venturing into unfamiliar territory for the ADC Team as a first Court of its kind in Samoa. To achieve this, aspects of FaaSamoa (culture) has been incorporated to help shape programs suited to implement the vision advocating for safer communities coupled with educating individuals to be responsible citizens and role models within their families and the community. The active role of community leaders in consultation with the ADC Court has contributed to the treatment programs.

Dr Jamie Berry

A Variety of Approaches to the Assessment of Cognition within Addiction Services - click here for abstract

Dr Jamie Berry is a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and the Director of Advanced Neuropsychological Treatment Services. Jamie is endorsed as a Clinical Neuropsychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia and is a member of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN) of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). He is a lecturer on the postgraduate programs at Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney. Jamie has developed research and clinical interests in addiction after specialising in neurological rehabilitation for most of his career. Jamie's current primary research interest is the development, implementation and evaluation of neuropsychological interventions to promote better executive and other cognitive functions across a range of clinical populations.

Dr Seema Clifasefi

Addiction is Everybody’s Business: Innovative harm reduction approaches from Seattle, WA  - click here for abstract

Seema L. Clifasefi, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Co-director of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Her research lies at the intersection of substance use, mental health, criminal justice and housing policy, with an emphasis on populations with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Over the past decade, she has worked collaboratively with affected communities to develop, evaluate and disseminate programs and interventions that aim to reduce substance related harm and improve quality of life.

Jeanette Grace

Minding my own business is not in my DNA - click here for abstarct 

Jeanette Grace of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Toa Rangatira and Ngati Koata is Dean of Te Wananga Maori at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua. She has a background in Mental Health and Addictions and Indigenous Training and Education and has served on a number of Boards, including past Chair of Ngati Koata Trust, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Te Mana Whakahaere o Te Wananga o Raukawa and is currently on the Te Wananga o Raukawa Foundation. Jeanette was key in the establishment of the Toa Waka ama Club and is currently Club President. She is grateful for the support of her children, grandchildren and wider whānau members.

Dr Arthur Evans

Psychologist Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Psychological Association and assumes the post 20 March 2017.  Click here for details.

Prior to that, Dr Evans was the Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service (DBHIDS) – a $1 billion healthcare agency. The DBHIDS underwent a system-wide transformation under his leadership, focusing on recovery for adults, resilience for children and self-determination for people in need of intellectual disability services.  This has improved outcomes for people accessing services, resulted in fewer inpatient admissions and visits to crisis centers, and significant cost savings that the City has reinvested into community-based services and supports.

Often hailed as a visionary, Dr. Evans has been recognized nationally for his work in behavioral healthcare policy and the transformation of service delivery systems.  In 2015 he was recognized by the White House as an “Advocate for Action” by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.   In 2013, he received the American Medical Association’s top government service award in health care, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, for his leadership in transforming the Philadelphia behavioral health system, particularly around the adoption of a public health approach. 

Dr. Evans has served in several national leadership roles, including:  Chair of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partners for Recovery Initiative Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the National Action Group on Fostering System Reform for Adults with Serious Mental Illness, Member of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Advisory Committee, Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Paths to Recovery Project, and President of the Board of Directors of the New England Institute of Addiction Studies. In 2014, the Melville Charitable Trust, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused exclusively on ending homelessness, announced that Dr. Evans has joined its Board of Directors. 

Dr Evans lives in Philadelphia with his wife Claudene Pinder Evans; they have three daughters, Salihah, Akilah, and Jamila. 

David Hanna

Who fixes Who? - click here for abstract

David is a fourth generation Pākehā, a partner, and father of four children.  Most of his insights and qualifications have come from these relationships.  A theme in his work is seeking a more socially just world with an emergent appreciation of the need to privilege the ‘voice’ of the person or group seeking the change.  Projects he has lead include; development of Government Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, for the World Bank in Eastern Europe on youth participation, leading NZ’s youth development strategy, championing community-led development in local communities across NZ and partnering with the Mongrel Mob and Black Power to run leadership development programmes.  He is currently Director of Wesley Community Action, National team member Inspiring Communities and Director Partner for Outcomes Aotearoa.

Harry Tam

Engaging hard to reach Maori communities - click here for abstract

Harry Tam is a co-director of H2R Research & Consulting Ltd, a company established to facilitate the engagement and mobilisation of hard to reach Maori communities for social change.  For over forty years Harry has worked with indigenous ethnic gangs and other hard to reach communities throughout the country and in the prisons.  In 1990, Harry was awarded the 1990 Commemoration Medal for services to New Zealand. Harry has also worked as a senior public servant for nearly twenty years, providing policy advice to the government on a range of portfolios including youth, penal policy and criminal justice.

Rachel Stace

A personal journey with hep c - click here for abstract 

Rachel Stace has spent 20 years in TV, producing and researching many award-winning TV series and documentaries.  Her work includes topics from leaky homes to borderline personality disorder. Rachel also authored the book Love Has No Borders with true stories about intercountry adoption.  Along with her successful TV career, Rachel lived with chronic hepatitis C for 45 years after contracting the virus through injecting drugs in the 70s.  However, Rachel was not diagnosed until the late 90s and was a blood donor in the 80s.  With no hepatitis C cure then available, she volunteered for some of Dr Ed Gane’s first anti viral trials in the early 2000s followed by an unsuccessful course of interferon. While waiting years for a cure, she witnessed many of her friends from the 70s dying of liver failure from hepatitis C.  Rachel was finally cured in 2015 with Dr Gane’s latest anti viral treatment.  She was one of the first to receive Viekira Pak, a revolutionary 12 week government-funded cure.  She is a now a passionate advocate of people being tested for hepatitis C if they have ever injected drugs, which for many is still a dirty secret.

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