9th – 12th October 2022

Darwin Convention Centre

Invitation to the APSAD Darwin 2022 Conference

Invitation to the APSAD Darwin 2022 Conference

The Top End. The hot north. The deep green and rust red land of the Larrakia people.

On behalf of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, we are excited to host you in the laid back, tropical city of Garramilla (Darwin) for the 2022 APSAD Conference from 9-12 October 2022.

Closer to South-East Asia than to any other city in Australia, Darwin hosts a fascinating blend of diverse residents and visitors that make this town a unique cultural kaleidoscope. The “frontier” reputation and mentality of Darwin provides a foundation for a population that embraces a hard working, hard living, and hard partying narrative. For those working in the Alcohol and other Drug sector, this narrative belies a reality of endemic substance use challenges within a unique cultural and logistical environment. The need for pragmatic, creative, and contextualised responses to these issues provides a landscape ripe for innovation.

The conference will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre in the Waterfront Precinct, a short walk or scoot from the CBD and located in a hub of restaurants, accommodation and your own little beach, free of crocs and jellies. We aim to showcase state of the art scientific research on prevention, treatment, and policy alongside practitioner and community insights and experiences of programs and policies.

While you’re here, watch the sunset from the foreshore, grab a Laksa from the markets, and check out the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards exhibit at the Museum and Art Gallery. Better yet, make the most of your trip by heading out for some adventures. Duck down to Litchfield to swim at one of the many waterfalls and waterholes (the water will be perfect, we promise), take a ferry across to the Tiwi Islands, or head a little further out to Kakadu, Nitmiluk or Arnhem Land to see incredible Aboriginal rock art, learn about culture, land and wildlife in these different regions and of course, fit in more hiking and swimming.

We look forward to seeing you in the Top End in 2022.

Cassandra Wright, Peter Burnheim and Sarah Clifford
2022 APSAD Conference Co-Convenors