Disclaimer and Environmental Policy


The views expressed by sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers or attendees are not necessarily the views of the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD), and the Society does not accept responsibility for any information, research, recommendation or advice contained herein.

The views expressed by keynotes, oral presenters, e-poster presenters and speakers are not necessarily the views of APSAD, and the Society does not accept responsibility for any information, research, recommendation or advice contained herein.

Registration and Abstract Submission Disclaimer

Any delegate who, in the past five years, has conducted, commissioned, or disseminated research for an organisation producing, distributing, selling, or promoting; alcoholic beverages; tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems; and gambling products, including but is not limited to; lobbyists, either professionally or on a personal basis, any proxies or affiliates thereof, or any advocacy, trade, or Social Aspects Organisation for a producer/distributer/seller/promoter, is ineligible to attend or present at the APSAD Canberra 2024 Conference. 

Paid registrations of such persons described above will not be refunded.

By checking the Conference Terms and Conditions box when submitting an abstract for presentation and/or registering for the conference you declare that none of the specifications described above apply to you.

Please make sure you read and understand the Cancellation Policy and full Terms & Conditions before registering for the conference

Environmental Policy 

APSAD along with ASHM Conference & Events Division implements a waste-reduction policy that addresses Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Our aim is to research and prioritise purchasing items and equipment that support the use of recycled materials or can be recycled after use.


      Conference Handbook: 

Our conference handbook has reduced in size to only include the essential information. Our conference app already captures all of the content that is included in the handbook and in addition provides delegates the functionality to connect with each other, participate in live polls and conduct session Q&A.


We use PET lanyards, lanyards for all ASHM run conferences. PET offers a number of advantages. It takes less energy to manufacture than alternatives. It’s also extremely light, strong and durable, meaning less packaging is needed to protect our products. Lighter packaging means that less fuel is needed for transportation, which lowers carbon emissions. In fact, PET bottles have been getting lighter and lighter, weighing 40% less than they did in the year 2000.

Almost uniquely among plastics, PET is near-infinitely recyclable and because it can be made into new products, this lowers the need for fresh PET to be made, further reducing emissions. In fact, recycled PET products show a drop of up to 90% in CO2 emissions compared with virgin PET. Its high recyclability also makes it less likely to end up in landfill and around 58% of PET bottles are recycled in Europe today. This makes it the most recycled plastic packaging material.

PET can also be remade into automotive products, such as car interiors and seatbelts. And crucially PET packaging can be remade into PET packaging. Forming a closed loop PET manufacturing system, supported by high collection rates, that can supply itself to produce PET is crucial to ensuring a more sustainable future.

Name badges: 

We provide recyclable name badges without a plastic pouch


We monitor final delegate numbers for an accurate forecast of catering requirements in order to avoid waste. 



There are lots of options out there for delegates travelling interstate or internationally to attend our conferences who want to offset CO2. Most airline companies offer this as part of their booking process:

Jetstar: Fly Carbon Neutral Program
Qantas: Fly Carbon Neutral Program
Virgin Airlines: Carbon Offset Program

Other organisations that allow you to offset your CO2:


Committee Meetings and Site Visits:

We endeavour to minimise travel for planning the conferences through the use of teleconferences meetings or skype for business. This removes the need to organise face to-face meetings and to only hold meetings when necessary.


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

APSAD recognises the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding region. APSAD acknowledges that other people and families also have a traditional connection to the lands of the ACT and region and we respect this connection to country.

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