Research presentations at key national, international conferences

November 2023

NDRI research was on show at the 2023 APSAD Conference, with several of our researchers presenting on topics ranging from alcohol and cannabis policy to take-home naloxone.

NDRI Director Professor Simon Lenton kicked off NDRI’s contribution to APSAD by delivering a presentation on the opening day examining the link between regulating fertilisers and cannabis toxicity, with Dr Nic Taylor presenting on the psychological drivers of adolescent drinking. Melbourne-based NDRI academics Dr Sam College-Frisby and Dr Michael Curtis both presented in the conference’s Injecting Drug Use session, on injecting-related infections in prison and on trends and correlates of arrest in PWID respectively, and Dr Seraina Agramunt shared findings from an ambulance service’s ‘leave behind’ take home naloxone pilot.

NDRI’s contribution to the peak AOD conference in Australia also followed recent international presentations.

Dr Jodie Grigg presented at Club Health in Liverpool earlier in November, on barriers to seeking help among Australian music festival attendees, and Dr Shelley Walker and Dr College-Frisby contributed to the International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU) conference in Geneva, including Shelley (pictured) speaking at a Prisons pre-conference workshop and organising a panellist workshop for EMCRs, and Sam presenting on the impact of incarceration on injecting-related injuries and diseases.

Image: INHSU