Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

  • Beau Kilmer

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    Beau Kilmer
    Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

    Beau Kilmer is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he codirects the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research lies at the intersection of public health and public safety, with a special emphasis on substance use, illicit markets, crime, and public policy.

    Some of his current projects include estimating the size of illegal drug markets, assessing the consequences of alternative cannabis policies, measuring the effect of South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program on drunk driving and domestic violence outcomes, and evaluating other innovative programs intended to reduce violence.  

    He recently served as the Principal Investigator on cannabis-related research projects for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington State Liquor Control Board, Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, and is advising officials in Uruguay on the evaluation of their new cannabis policy.  

    Kilmer's research has appeared in leading journals such as Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and his essays have been published by the BBC, CNN, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

    His book on cannabis legalization (co-authored with Jonathan Caulkins, Angela Hawken, and Mark Kleiman) was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. Before earning his doctorate at Harvard University, Kilmer received a Judicial Administration Fellowship that supported his work with the San Francisco Drug Court.  

    You can follow him on Twitter at @BeauKilmer

  • Jeremy Douglas

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    Jeremy Douglas
    Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Jeremy Douglas is the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, overseeing and managing UNODC strategy and operations from Myanmar to the Pacific.  Prior to his appointment as Regional Representative SEAP, he was the UNODC Representative in Pakistan from September 2009 – April 2013.

    Between 2007 and 2009, Mr. Douglas was based in UNODC Headquarters in Vienna, Austria as Manager of UNODC’s Global SMART Programme which assists states to develop a evidence base for effective policy and operational responses to synthetic drugs and precursors. Prior to his time in UNODC HQ Mr. Douglas was a Regional Project Coordinator for UNODC in East Asia, managing a project covering ASEAN states and China.

    Mr. Douglas has also worked with the United Nations in New York, the Management Board of Cabinet of the Government of Ontario, Canada, and in the Caribbean. Mr. Douglas is a graduate of the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and Bishop’s University in Canada.

  • Joseph Pinjuh

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    Joseph Pinjuh
    Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio

    Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio (1998-present). In October 2010, appointed as Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and Narcotics Unit, Criminal Division. Areas of specialization or expertise: Title III prosecutions, complex, multi-defendant narcotics prosecutions and community-based gang prosecutions. Syracuse University (dual B.A. English & Political Science - 1988, cum laude); Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D. 1992). Captain, United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General's Corps (via direct Presidential appointment, 1992-1998). Federal Bar Association's 1999 Younger Outstanding Federal Attorney Award Recipient; admitted to practice in Tennessee and Ohio. Guest lecturer in the Cleveland Marshal School of Law trial advocacy course and at Case Law School's Criminal Practice Seminar. Instructor for the USDOJ National Advocacy Center (Trial Advocacy and Title III). Juvenile Court Magistrate, Strongsville, Ohio (1999-2008).

  • Michael Brunswick

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    Michael Brunswick
    Assistant Legal Attache

    Mr. Brunswick was born in Columbus, Ohio. He received of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University in 1993.  Prior to working for the FBI, Mr. Brunswick was employed as a Senior Staff Accountant at the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse LLP and earned his Certified Public Accountants License in 1994.

    Mr. Brunswick entered on duty as a Special Agent (SA) of the FBI on December 10, 1995. From 1996-2007, SA Brunswick was assigned to the Cleveland Division, Toledo Resident Agency, where he worked a multitude of criminal and counter-terrorism investigations. SA Brunswick specialized in the use of electronic surveillance and sophisticated investigative techniques in a multitude of Gang and Drug investigations. SA Brunswick was the Coordinator of the Northern Ohio Violent Crimes/Gang Task Force and the Coordinator of the Northwest Ohio Joint Terrorism Task Force. SA Brunswick served as an operator on the FBI Cleveland SWAT team from 1997 to 2007.

    In 2007, SA Brunswick was promoted as Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Cleveland Division Drug/Gang Squad. There, SSA Brunswick commanded the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force (NOLETF) and Hotel Interdiction Team (HIT). The NOLETF and HIT comprised of over 30 full time personnel from 18 Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies. SSA Brunswick also served as FBI Cleveland SWAT Coordinator from 2007 -2013.  SSA Brunswick also serves as an FBI Firearms Instructor, Tactical Instructor and Crisis Management Coordinator.

    SSA Brunswick has received Proclamations from the Mayors of Toledo, Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio.  SSA Brunswick has also been awarded the Cleveland Police Distinguished Service Medal and the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement.

    In June 2013, Mr. Brunswick reported to Sydney, Australia as the Assistant Legal Attache.  He is married and has two sons.

  • Michael Connelly

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    Michael Connelly
    Co-commander of the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force

    Lieutenant Michael Connelly is a 25-year veteran of the Cleveland, Ohio Division of Police. He is currently the co-commander of the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force. He formerly held positions as supervisor of the Narcotics Unit Major Investigation Squad, Officer in Charge of the 4th District Detective Bureau, Vice and Strike Force Units. He has also held positions as patrol officer, detective and patrol supervisor in Cleveland’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th Districts.

    Lt. Connelly studied Criminal Justice at the University of Akron and is a graduate of the 252nd session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Unit Commander’s Academy, and the Cleveland Police Academy. Lt Connelly formerly held a position as a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard where he successfully completed Officer Candidate School.

    Lt. Connelly has been awarded the Cleveland Police Medal of Heroism, Chief’s Commendation Award, Distinguished Service Award and Special Commendation Award. He was also awarded The Federal Bureau of Investigation Medal for Meritorious Achievement.

  • Neil Guard

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    Neil Guard
    Executive Director, Drug and Alcohol Office

    Mr Neil Guard joined the Drug and Alcohol Office as Executive Director in 2008.  In this role Neil has been significantly focusing on working across government and together with the sector and the community to address alcohol and drug related harm. During this time he was also seconded by the Minister for Mental Health for several months to set up the newly formed WA Mental Health Commission.

    Neil represents Western Australia on the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs, which consists of senior officers representing health and law enforcement in each Australian jurisdiction and is responsible for implementing the National Drug Strategy. As part of this role, Neil also chairs the National IGCD Working Group on Alcohol.

    Before joining the Drug and Alcohol Office, Neil held the position of Executive Director of Healthway for more than five years, and prior to that held a range of senior positions including Director of Accommodation Services in the Disability Services Commission and change management roles in the Corporate sector.

  • Peter Miller

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    Peter Miller
    Principal Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Deakin University. Commissioning Editor, Addiction.

    Associate Professor Peter Miller, PhD

    Peter Miller is a Principal Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, Deakin University. He is also the Commissioning Editor of the journal Addiction. His research interests include: Alcohol-related violence in licensed venues; the longitudinal/developmental predictors of violence (including family and domestic violence), and; the behaviour of vested interests, especially the alcohol industry.

    Peter has recently completed two of the largest studies ever conducted into licensed venues, comparing 6 Australian cities over 3 years and talking to more than 13,000 patrons. He was also presented the Excellence in Research Award at the 2013 National Drug and Alcohol Awards. He has published over 100 journal articles, books and peer-reviewed reports and is currently running 4 projects focussed on alcohol, drugs and violence (including domestic violence) national and internationally.

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    Amanda Roxburgh

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    Amanda Roxburgh
    Senior Researcher, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW

    Amanda Roxburgh is a Senior Researcher and has 12 years experience in drug and alcohol research. Her expertise is in trends over time in drug related morbidity and mortality in Australia.

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    Andre van Rijn

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    Andre van Rijn
    The National Police Agency Driebergan, The Netherlands

    Andre van Rijn Is a technical and environmental engineer and senior expert – chief inspector at the Dutch National Dismantling Team of the Dutch National Crime Squad – Netherlands Police Agency and is for many years active in the dismantling in large and complex (synthetic) drugs en precursor production laboratories, storage and dumpsites. In addition he is an investigator-technical engineer
    and safety & security officer at the Dutch National Team Forensic Investigations (LTFO) and safety member of the LTFO CBRN team.

    He has 34 years’ experience as a police officer in criminal investigations and crime scene investigations. His experience includes: hazardous material accidents, environmental investigations, narcotic and chemical investigations, crime scene management, safety advise and support, technical investigation and process engineering.

    He worked over 10 years at the Europol Drugs Unit as First Officer Synthetic Drugs and was responsible for operational crime scene support, (technical) evidence collection, data processing and analysing, database (Europol Illicit Laboratory Comparison System) input and maintains plus international training.

    He teaches various courses all over the world such as ‘The Europol training course on combating illicit synthetic drug production units’ which was develop and presented over more than 10 years on all continents. He trained various professionals such as law enforcement officers, forensic experts and chemists, environmental experts, judges and prosecutors plus fire department haz mat specialists on topics related to drugs, crime scene investigations, hazardous materials, environmental cases, risk assessment and management (for Clan Lab, observation, SWAT and CBRNE-teams), innovation and related issues.

    He has spoken at numerous international law enforcement conference on the hazards and developments of clandestine laboratories and has been a plenary and keynote speaker at international conferences since 1999.

    In 1998 en 2003 he won the Dutch Police Innovation Price on the subjects: ‘Step by step approach technical evidence collection in environmental and narcotic investigations’ and ‘New investigations methodology – Facilitators’.

    In 1998 he was rewarded with the Environmental Awards of the Dutch Police Chiefs Association.

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    Andrew Smirnov

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    Andrew Smirnov
    Senior Research Officer, Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre, School of Population Health, UQ

    Andrew Smirnov is Senior Research Officer with the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) at the University of Queensland. Previously he worked for the Drug Harm Reduction Branch, Queensland Health (2001-2010), conducting program and policy oriented research, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (1998-2000), developing national drug treatment data. His interests include social and public health aspects of stimulant use, drug harm reduction, natural history of drug use, and research methods for studying illicit drug use. His PhD addressed the natural history of Ecstasy use in early adulthood.

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    Angela Matheson

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    Angela Matheson
    Senior Policy Officer, NSW Police Force

    Ange Matheson is a senior policy officer with the NSW Police Force Drug and Alcohol Coordination unit, in which role she has worked on the NSW response to new psychoactive substances.  She has previously worked on the Cannabis Cautioning Scheme and other police diversion options for drug offenders and is currently working with the NSW Police Force Drug Squad on new approaches to addressing methylamphetamine supply and associated harms.  

    Ange has worked in the drug and alcohol sector for the past ten years.  In her previous role she managed the AIDS Council of NSW’s alcohol and other drugs program, overseeing harm reduction and drug treatment programs.

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    Anna Gifford

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    Anna Gifford
    Resource Centre Manager, Australian Drug Foundation

    Anna Gifford has held the role of Resource Centre Manager at the Australian Drug Foundation since 2007. Her work involves managing an alcohol and drug library and information service, and extends into multiple information roles across the organisation. Previously she worked as Information Architect for Victoria Online (VO), the entry portal for Victorian Government, where her work included developing VO’s information architecture plan and concentrating on thesaurus and taxonomy construction.  Her interests revolve around the semantic web, information curation and seeing how far she can push her own boundaries.

    Follow on: Twitter: @brunniegirl

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    Anne Rathjen

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    Anne Rathjen
    Senior Drug Analyst (Chemical Diversion Desk), South Australia Police

    Anne Rathjen has worked for SAPOL for almost fifteen years, with much of that time spent in the area of illicit drugs and chemical diversion. She is currently the Senior Analyst at the Chemical Diversion Desk with particular responsibility for monitoring drug trends, illicit drug manufacturing methods and emerging areas of criminality. She has a particular interest in developing new sources of intelligence of interest to law enforcement.

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    Beth Costa
    Lecturer, Deakin University

    Dr Beth Costa is a Lecturer, Research Fellow and Early Career Researcher in Psychology at Deakin University. She has taught psychology for the past 10 years and conducted qualitative and quantitative research in the areas of Health and Wellbeing since 2007.

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    Bill Graham
    QLD Police Service

    Bill has been a police Offi cer for 31 yrs. and served in various sections throughout the QPS including General Duties,
    Traffi c, Investigations, PCYC, Intelligence, Performance Reviews, Projects, Watchhouse, Policy and Strategy areas.

    Since being promoted to Commissioned rank in 2004 he has worked as a Patrol Inspector, Duty Offi cer, Project Offi cer, Operations Manager, Drink Safe Precinct Coordinator and relieved as a District Offi cer. Bill’s is currently the Manager of
    the Drug and Alcohol Coordination Unit for the Queensland Police Service and provides strategic, legislative, training
    and operational support relating to programs and enforcement of alcohol and drugs across the QPS. Bill is currently the QPS Project Manager for the ‘Safe Night Out’ Strategy implementation across Queensland and holds an executive position on the Intergovernmental Committee on
    Drugs (IGCD).

    Bill has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration, Bachelor of Business (HRM), Graduate Certifi cate in Applied Management (Policing and Emergency Services) and a Diploma of Public Safety (Policing).

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    Brendan Pont

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    Brendan Pont
    Improved Services Coordinator, Qld Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

    Brendan is a Social Worker who worked as an alcohol and other drug counsellor for Qld Health for a number of years prior to  taking up a Principal Policy Officer position within the ATODS Strategy Unit in 2009.  He commenced at QNADA as the Improved Services Coordinator in June 2013.  In his current role he is responsible for providing support to the non-government AOD Sector in Qld to deliver evidence based treatment services.

    Follow on: Twitter: @QldNADA

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    Caitlin Hughes

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    Caitlin Hughes
    Research Fellow, Drug Policy Modelling Program, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

    Dr Caitlin Hughes is a criminologist and research fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. She works as part of the Drug Policy Modelling Program (DPMP) which seeks to advance Australian drug policy by improving the evidence-base, studying policy processes and working directly with policy makers. Key research interests include identifying changes in Australian drug markets (particularly as they pertain to the extent and nature of border and domestic supply), and evaluating the effects of different legislative regimes and law enforcement approaches, including decriminalization, drug diversion programs, drug detection dogs, and legal thresholds for drug trafficking.

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    Carly Morris
    Senior Project Officer, NSW Police Force

    Carly Morris is the Senior Project Officer for the Early Intervention Pilot Project, Drug and Alcohol Coordination, which is an Australian Government initiative to reduce underage drinking and associated alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour through diversion and education. She commenced work for the NSW Police Force in 2006, working as a Research Officer for Professional Standards Command and then as an Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner. Her tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) and a Master of Criminology, and she is currently studying graduate law to obtain a Juris Doctor.

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    Caroline Salom

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    Caroline Salom
    Adjunct Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, School of Population Health Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research

    Ms Salom has worked in the drug and alcohol field for 12 years, following on from a career in medical research.  Focussing on population-level prevention, she is now finalising a PhD investigating the development and impacts of comorbid alcohol and mental health disorders.

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    Chris Wilkins
    Senior Researcher, Drug Research Team Leader, Massey University

    Dr Chris Wilkins is a senior researcher and leader of the illegal drug research team at SHORE, Massey University, New Zealand. Dr. Wilkins has a doctorate in Economics and research expertise in monitoring drug trends, drug markets, and evaluating drug policy. Over the past ten years he has completed a range of studies of drug use in New Zealand including studies of new psychoactive substances (NPS) (‘legal highs’), methamphetamine, cannabis, ecstasy and the non-medical use of pharmaceuticals. He played a central role in the development of the IDMS (Illicit Drug Monitoring System) and NZ-ADUM (New Zealand Arrestee Drug Use Monitoring system) and currently leads these studies. Dr. Wilkins has recently made presentations on New Zealand’s new regulated legal market for NPS products in Rome at the ISSDP (International Society for the Study of Drug Policy) annual conference, and in Lisbon at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) New Drug conference. He was also invited to present on New Zealand’s approach to NPS at the UK Home Office review of NPS laws.

    Further details of his work can be found at:
    http://www.shore.ac.nz/massey/learning/departments/centres-research/shore/shore-research-team/christopher-wilkins.cfm

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    Claudia McEwen
    Wake Up Foundation

    Joint Managing Director
    Claudia founded Wake Up in the months after her brother was seriously injured in an unprovoked assault. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce with a Bachelor of Laws. Through her work with the foundation she has represented Wake Up on a national level as well as presenting at community events and schools. Claudia was awarded the 2014 NSW Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal for her efforts with the foundation.

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    Clay Butler
    Detective A/Sergeant, Chemical Diversion Desk - Synthetic Drug Operations Team

    DSC Butler has been a member of the Queensland Police Service, Chemical Desk since 2010. 

    DSC Butler has specialised in the investigation of novel psychoactive substances, precursor chemicals and equipment and other synthetic drugs.

    The Chemical Diversion Desk monitors new and emerging drugs and novel processes for the production of illicit drug in Queensland.

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    Corey Allen
    OIC Fortitude Valley, QPS

    Corey is OIC of City Station - currently relieving as OIC of Fortitude Valley Division.  He has championed several innovative crime prevention programs that have received national recognition.  His scope of responsibility as one of the longest serving Officers in Charge of the City Division has presented opportunity to influence the development of a large number of junior police in an area which has a high volume of alcohol related issues, special events, vulnerable persons, homeless and youth sleeping rough. In October 2013 Corey was awarded Alumnus of the Year 2013 for Griffith University School of Arts Education and Law.

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    Dominique de Andrade
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith University

    Dominique de Andrade’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, and Honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice. In 2011 she was awarded a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University. Her PhD focused on the features of the physical, social and perceived environments that facilitate or inhibit the occurrence of crime, violence, intoxication and injuries in nightclub districts, using Surfers Paradise, Queensland, as a case study. Dominique has worked for a number of University Research Centres and Government agencies, researching a broad range of social welfare issues such as social exclusion and suicide prevention. More recently she has specialised in the area of corrections, and is currently undertaking a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University.

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    Elisa Ryan
    Youth Development Officer, Glenorchy City Council

    Elisa started her career in retail before moving into the Community sector in 2006 when she took on the role of Coordinator and then Manager of a local Community House. Over her 5 years in the not-for-profit community sector Elisa took great pleasure working on projects and programs that responded to the needs of the community.

    Elisa started her time with Glenorchy City Council in 2011 in the role of Healthy Communities Coordinator. The objective of this contract position was to implement ‘Glenorchy on the Go’, a federally funded program to engage community members in healthy lifestyle activities, campaigns and events.

    Elisa is now a proud member of Glenorchy’s Youth and Community Safety team and brings to the role of Youth Development Officer a passion for giving young people in her local area opportunities to grow, experience and thrive.

    Outside of work Elisa has been a member of a number of NGO boards, a mentor for young women and is always happy to share her own story of her transition from an “at risk” young person to who she is today.

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    Ellen Leslie
    PhD Candidate, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland

    Ellen Leslie is a PhD candidate with the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. Her PhD focuses on concurrent stimulant and alcohol use among young adults. Ellen is a research assistant with the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) at the University of Queensland where she works on the Natural History Study of Drug Use. The Natural History Study of Drug Use is a prospective longitudinal study of drug use among a probabilistic sample of young adult amphetamine-type stimulant (i.e., ecstasy and methamphetamine) users and non-users. In her role as a research assistant on the study, Ellen has been involved in conducting research interviews, preparation of project reports and manuscripts, and managing administration for the study.

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    Fairlie McIlwraith
    Project Coordinator, The University of Qld, School of Population Health, QADREC

    Dr Fairlie McIlwraith is a research fellow with the Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre (QADREC) at The University of Queensland. Fairlie coordinates the Queensland component of the national Illicit Drug Reporting System and the Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System. She also coordinates the Over-Dose Information Network (ODIN) pilot study.  Fairlie has a background in coordinating health delivery services in both government and non-government sectors, and in working with young people. Her research interests include comorbidity of mental health problems and substance misuse, and recovery from substance misuse.

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    Foon Lai
    The University of Queensland, The National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology

    Dr. Foon Yin Lai has been working on estimating population illicit drug use using wastewater analysis since her PhD at Entox in 2010. She has applied wastewater analysis to assess the spatial difference and temporal trend of illicit drug uses across different types of Australian communities and also during specific holidays and music events. During her current postdoctoral mandate at Entox, she has recently extended the application of wastewater analysis to evaluate other population health parameters in Australian communities.

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    Georgina Prior
    Wake Up Foundation

    Joint Managing Director
    Georgina is an experience motivational and public speaker.  She is a founding member of Wake Up who uses her experiences dealing with past emergency situations to educate young people through presentations. She has a Bachelor in Contemporary Music and Media, training in Youth Mental Health First Aid and direct experience workshopping and communicating with young people.  A firm believer in peer on peer learning, Georgina continues to communicate with young people to understand their perspectives and motivate them.

    Follow on: Twitter: @GeorgiePrior

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    Giles Elliott
    Childrens Court of Victoria

    Giles Elliott commenced his career in the  Drug and Alcohol  sector working with injecting drug users in central Edinburgh before going on to work in the city's first Drug Court.

    A secondment from the Court enabled Giles to contribute to a national agency, the Scottish Commission for Regulation of Care, tasked with improving outcomes for Drug and Alcohol service users throughout Southern Scotland.

    Emigrating to Melbourne in 2009 he worked as a Manager for SEADS (South East Alcohol and Drug Services) assisting in the implementation and development of AOD services for Monash Health. Giles commenced in the role of Senior Clinician at Family Drug Treatment Court in March 2014.

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    Grant Devilly
    Professor, School of Psychology at Griffith University

    Grant's research interests lie predominantly within the anxiety disorders and specifically with the aetiology, prevention and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In particular he has a focus on resilience training and injury mitigation. He is currently also researching the effects of violent media (particularly violent video games) within the community, the detection of lying in forensic settings, the prevalence and type of pseudoscience in various settings, trauma and memory, the prevention of postnatal disorders, the treatment of adolescent sex offenders, reactions and approaches following crime victimisation, and increasing officer safety during training and whilst policing licensed premises. Grant also research clinical methodology and approaches to statistical analysis and interpretations of these analyses.

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    Jacob Davis
    Acting Program Manager, Mission Australia

    Jacob is the Acting Program Manager for the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service in Perth Western Australia. He has worked for DAYS for seven years in a number of roles including three years as a Residential Youth Worker, two years as a Transitional Support case Manager and Two years as a Team Leader. Previous to working at days he was a Chef for twenty years.

     

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    Jake Najman
    Director of Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Center, UQ.

    Professor Jake M Najman has a joint appointment as Director of the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre, School of Population Health; and Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Science, University of Queensland. Professor Najman has authored, co-authored and co-edited ten monographs and over 400 research papers. He has served on numerous NHMRC committees and has been successful in obtaining over 80 research grants. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. He is chair of the National Policy Council for Health Options, Australia and co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Centre for HIV Social Research, as well as being an inaugural executive member for the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol.

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    James Biesterfeld
    (Retired), United States Army Intelligence

    Mr. James Biesterfeld Special Agent (Retired) United States Army Intelligence has had an extensive and colourful career.  He was responsible for the investigation of national security crimes, including espionage and terrorism and continues to be a principle speaker for such diverse groups as the Rotary Club International, The Optimists Club, the National Court Recorder’s Association, the International Association of Hospital Security Specialists and the International Crime Free Association among others. James is a past member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the International Counter-Terrorism Officers’ Association and is a life member of the International Association for Counter-Terrorism and Security Professionals. James will explain the Safety Watch and Body worn Video Camera technology and how it can be used to effectively combat drug and alcohol issues across all sectors.

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    Jan Copeland
    Director, NCPIC UNSW

    Professor Jan Copeland (PhD, BSc Psych (Hons)) is the founding Director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) at the UNSW since 2007.  She has worked in the addictions field for 25 years over a range of topics including women’s treatment, monitoring systems for treatment outcome and psycho-stimulants.  She is best known for her research developing and testing brief interventions for the management of cannabis use disorder among adults and adolescents. She has more than 290 publications of which almost half are in international peer reviewed journals.  Her research and translational work has attracted more than $38M in funding.  Professor Copeland has a long standing commitment to service with community agencies and is currently Chair of the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre and as a director on the Board of Management of The McGrath Foundation’s Odyssey House.  Among other editorial roles she is currently an Associate Editor of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. She is a member of the US College on Problems of Drug Dependence and Chairs their international research committee.  Additional memberships include the Australian Psychological Society, International Cannabinoid Research Society, Australian Professional Society of Alcohol Drugs and the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions.

    Follow on: Twitter: @CannaBoss

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    Jason Ferris
    Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

    Dr Jason Ferris is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland. He works jointly with the Policing and Security Program and the Research Methods and Social Statistics and leads the Drug and Alcohol Policy Research team. 

    He holds a PhD in alcohol epidemiology, a Master in Biostatistics and a first class honours degree in Psychology. He is an active member of the Statistical Society of Australia, the Australasian Professional Society of Alcohol and Drugs, Kettil Bruun Society and American Society of Criminology. He is on the scientific program committee for the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs and the Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference.

    He has a well-established publication record, focusing on alcohol and drug research, and public health.  One of his current research interests focus on the effectiveness and utilisation of electronic surveillance tools for control drugs and drug diversion, which includes the evaluation of ProjectSTOP and the national evaluation of random breath testing.

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    Jeremy Davey
    Queensland University of Technology, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q)

    Dr Jeremy Davey is Professor at Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS-Q). He is one of the two founding academics of this research centre and helped guide CARRS_Q to its position as leading international research institute in road safety. For the past 20 years he has been an active researcher in the combined disciplines of road safety and substance use. This has created a natural research focus on impaired driving.  He was one of the first Australian researchers to develop a profile of drug divers and he undertook the foundation research on which Queensland’s current drug driving legislation and policing strategies are built upon. He continues his work on profiling drug drivers and is currently researching the crossover between drinking and drug drivers.

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    Joanne Gerstner-Stevens
    Victoria Police Forensic Science Department

    Joanne is a Forensic Officer within the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department.  She has over 25 years of forensic analytical experience working in the field of illicit substances and has observed substantial changes in the illicit drug market during that time.

    Joanne is currently the Manager of the Chemical Drug Intelligence Unit which in addition to analysing over 7,000 suspected drug items annually; maintains a drugs database containing the results of analysis of all suspected drugs seized by Victoria Police since 1997.

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    Jochen Mueller
    The University of Queensland, The National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology

    Jochen is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor at the University of Queensland’s National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology.   He leads the Exposure Monitoring Research Group which has pioneered research into monitoring of exposure to trace organic pollutants.  Since 2009 his team has established national and international sampling, archiving and analysis programs on wastewater which aim to obtain an understanding of population exposure to chemicals including drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

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    Joe Van Buskirk
    Research Officer, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

    Joe Van Buskirk joined NDARC as a Research Assistant in  August 2011. Joe runs the Internet Monitoring arm of the Drug Trends Project (DNeT) looking at online availability of illicit and emerging substances. Joe completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2010 and his previous research areas have focussed on Learning Theory and Cognitive Neuroscience.

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    John Doherty
    Smart Start Interlocks Australia

    John has worked in the Automotive Industry since completing his HSC in 1984. After qualifying as an Automotive Electrician he took a 12 month Gap year and worked his way around the world.  On return he started his own Automotive business specialising in Electrics, over the next 20 years the business grew steadily and was sold in 2011. John’s additional qualifications include a Diploma in Computer Electronics and a Commercial Helicopter Pilots License.

    In 2006 John began negotiations with Smart Start Inc in Texas, USA to bring their products to Australia, in 2008 Ajen Monitoring Systems Pty Ltd were awarded the sole rights to distribute Smart Start Inc products for Commercial and offender programs in Australia.

    After achieving ISO 9001:2008 Certification for QMS he has overseen the growth of this business to now include programs in four jurisdictions including Victoria, Tasmania, ACT and NSW, with agents in SA, QLD and WA and expanded the product range to include drug analysis and in home alcohol monitoring.

    With the release of the new In-Hom S.M.A.R.T. Mobile device and the Intelligent Finger Printing mobile drug screening device John intends to deliver to the market a solution for monitoring authorities and Police that will exceed their expectations.

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    John O'Keeffe
    National Drug Intelligence Bureau

    From 1982 to 1999 John was employed by the New Zealand Customs Service. During that time he worked in a variety of roles with specific emphasis in the enforcement and intelligence areas of the Service. In the latter years John specialised in the intelligence fields, where he developed his skills as a commercial and drugs analyst.

    In 1999, John joined the Corrections Department were he was responsible for the development of the regional intelligence unit. Although his primary role was intelligence development he was also responsible for the inmate drug testing program and the prison specialised search team. 

    In 2002, John took up the role of Tactical Intelligence Analyst with the National Bureau of Criminal Intelligence, New Zealand Police. In this role he demonstrate a willingness to undertake a number of varying roles, including a secondment to the National Drug Intelligence Bureau, to work on a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the production of methamphetamine in Fiji. During this investigation John represented New Zealand Police at international targeting meetings in Sydney and Kula Lumpur.

    In 2005 John was appointed as a strategic analyst and specialised in the counter terrorism field, in particular radicalisation. His previous work experience in the Department of Correction has enable him to focus on  researching the radicalisation of inmates in New Zealand Prisons.

    John then took up a secondment opportunity in 2008, to manage the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit. John directed and managed two Intelligence Taskforces for the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ) focusing on Asian Organised Crime and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

    From 2009 to 2011 john took a break from managing intelligence unit to focus on a role as the Manager Planning and Systems, National Intelligence Centre. His key focuses included the evaluation, development, review, enhancement and implementation of computer systems and applications for intelligence analysis and investigation management.

     In 2011 John was promoted to the role of District Intelligence Manager National Communications Centres (111 emergency centre). John was responsible for restructuring and centralising  the Communications Intelligence Units which were based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to Police National Headquarters. The new unit is now a centre of excellence in product knowledge and service delivery. John was also responsible for introducing  new software, which is used nationally to enhances situational awareness and supports staff to effectively deploy to beat demand by providing a real-time information on a rich map. The software is an invaluable tool in applying crime science principles to reduce offending and victimisation.

    In 2015 John accepted the position of the coordinator National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB). The NDIB is a multi agency strategic intelligence bureau with staffing contributions NZ Customs, the Ministry of Health and NZ Police. The focus of the unit is to provide strategic intelligence to the three CEO’s of each agency in relation to emerging illicit drug issues.

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    John Piazza
    Victoria Police Criminal Proceeds Squad

    John Piazza is a Detective Inspector in Victoria Police Crime Command.  As an experienced leader, John has designed, led and implemented many change initiatives across the organisation during his 33 year career in Victoria Police.   John’s diversity of experience has developed through varied roles as an Inspector across the Force, including Crime Command, Tasking Operations, Highway Patrol, a number of Local Area Commands, HR and Organisational Change.  John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration), a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Diploma of Project Management (PRINCE2 and PMBOK) and a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership.

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    John Scherbenske
    Section Chief, Synthetic Drugs and Chemicals (ODS) Office of Diversion Control United States, Drug Enforcement Administration

    John Scherbenske has been a Special Agent with the United States, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since 1991 and worked in the Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia field offices investigating both international and domestic high-level drug trafficking organizations.  In June 2003, Special Agent Scherbenske was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and supervised a DEA Task Force group in Richmond, Virginia until August 2008 when he was transferred to DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.  At DEA Headquarters, Special Agent Scherbenske was the Unit Chief in the Pharmaceutical Investigations Section in the Office of Diversion Control from September 2008 until June 2012.  As the Unit Chief in the Pharmaceutical Investigations Section, Special Agent Scherbenske provided programmatic oversight of regulatory and enforcement strategies and operations aimed at stopping the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances.

    In June 2012, Special Agent Scherbenske was promoted to the position of Section Chief for the Synthetic Drugs and Chemicals Section in the Office of Diversion Control of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Among his duties as the Section Chief in the Synthetic Drugs and Chemicals Section, Special Agent Scherbenske oversees and coordinates major precursor chemical, clandestine laboratory and synthetic designer drug investigations.

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    John Wiggers
    Director, Hunter New England Health Service / University of Newcastle

    Professor Wiggers is a population health researcher and practitioner with an established profile of research, research translation and service delivery relating to the prevention of tobacco and alcohol-related harms. His research has centred on the conduct of trials to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of interventions when implemented under routine service delivery conditions. He has published approximately 130 peer reviewed papers and developed and tested models of intervention translation and dissemination resulting in excess of 20 instances of translation into routine service delivery practice at the local, state, national and international levels. His service delivery has centred on leading the delivery of disease prevention and population health services to the approximately 880,000 residents of the Hunter New England Region of NSW. His contribution at the policy level involves the development and implementation of NSW Health population health policies and programs regarding the prevention of alcohol and tobacco-related harms and overweight and obesity.

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    Josette Freeman
    National Training Coordinator, SMART Recovery Australia

    Josette Freeman has an extensive background in Nursing and Counselling. Josette was a Clinical Nurse Specialist and then the Unit Manager on the Paediatric Oncology Ward at the former Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. She has worked in palliative care both at Canberra Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospice, St Vincent’s Hospice. For the past 15 years she has also worked across all sectors of the drug and alcohol field including the Drug and Alcohol Program Unit ACT Health and the Alcohol and Drug Service at Sydney St. Vincent’s Hospital.

    Since 2002 she has coordinated and provided the SMART Recovery Facilitator training for the SMART Recovery Australia program which is now being delivered across various states and territories of Australia.

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    Katherine Pike
    Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC)

    Katherine Pike is an Intelligence Analyst at the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) in the Strategic Intelligence Unit. Since joining the organisation in 2008, Katherine has worked on a range of intelligence and research projects — including an examination of patterns of ecstasy and amphetamine use by young people in Queensland. Katherine has academic qualifications in criminology and criminal justice and has previously held policy and research roles in Queensland’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet and research centres at Griffith University.

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    Kathy Ride
    Research Team Leader, Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Edith Cowan University

    Kathy Ride is a Research Team Leader with the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, based at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Kathy is a Registered Nutritionist who has been working at the HealthInfoNet since 2008 and has worked in public health for over 10 years. She leads the chronic disease team at the HealthInfoNet and is Project Manager for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre Project. Other projects she manages are on Healing, CQI and Environmental Health.

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    Kerri McLeod
    QLD Health

    Kerri McLeod is currently the Nursing Director - Critical Care and Clinical Support Services at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

    Kerri has undertaken many roles in Queensland Health organisations including working at Princess Alexandra, Logan Hospital and Bundaberg Base Hospital.

    After completing Masters in Nursing Leadership, Kerri continues to have an enthusiasm for looking at ways to improve teamwork and culture within the workplace.

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    Kerry Armstrong
    Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland

    Dr Armstrong has over 13 years experience in road safety research and policy development, arising from positions with the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) (2000-06); the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) (2006-07); and the Department of Transport and Main Roads – Queensland (2007-08). Dr Armstrong returned to CARRS-Q in 2008 as a postdoctoral research fellow. She was subsequently promoted to senior research fellow (2010). In 2013, Dr Armstrong was awarded mid career researcher funding from the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology to undertake preliminary research in the area of women and drink driving. She holds the position of Chair of the Australasian College of Road Safety, and she is the Road User Safety Domain Leader for the Australian 33,900 Road Safety Collaboration.

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    Kirk Hardy
    CEO, The Drug Detection Agency

    Kirk Hardy is the Co-founder and CEO of The Drug Detection Agency.

    Kirk, a former New Zealand Police Detective and serving in the Auckland Drug Squad.

    In early 2005 Kirk went on to set up The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) in NZ, on-site drug testing provider, within 5 years TDDA became the market leader in NZ for drug, alcohol testing, education services.

    The organisation has always been heavily focused with innovation, in early 2011 after visiting a US lab that conducted some 20,000 drug tests per day, he established a relationship which saw The Drug Detection Agency being the first organisations in Australasia to start testing for Synthetic Cannabis in the workplace..

    Kirk established the operation in Australia and as at June 2014 the Drug Detection Agency has 30+ drug testing offices, 40+ on-site drug testing vehicles operating throughout Australasia.

    Kirk regularly presents at International conferences regarding the issues with drugs and alcohol use in Australasia, the developing drug market and how to successfully implement drug and alcohol management and testing programs into workplaces.

    In early 2013 he was appointed a Board member of DATIA ‘Drug and Alcohol testing industry association’ that represents over 1400 drug testing providers worldwide.

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    Laura Dewberry
    Analyst, NSW Police Force

    Laura Dewberry is the Analyst for the Early Intervention Pilot Project, Drug and Alcohol Coordination, which is an Australian Government initiative to reduce underage drinking and associated alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour through diversion and education. She has previously worked as a research officer at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre on a longitudinal cohort study examining the effects of parental substance use and a range of psychosocial factors on infant development and family functioning. Her tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) (Honours).

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    Lesley Boyd
    Drug Diversion Coordinator, WA Police

    As a Police Officer of 9 years in both WA and Queensland, I returned to WA in 2009 after spending 8 years living in remote Cape York working both in the community and managing my own small business. While completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Studies and Bachelor of Art (Indigenous Studies) I worked in the Mental Health sector, managing complex needs residential facilities and the Youth sector with at risk young people.

    Back working with WA Police as the Drug Diversion Coordinator, I coordinate two diversion schemes available as part of the WA Diversion Program: the Cannabis Intervention Requirement scheme available to juvenile and adult offenders facing minor cannabis charges; and the All Drug Diversion program for offenders facing simple possession charges for illegal drugs other than cannabis.

     

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    Madonna Devaney
    The University of Queensland

    Dr Madonna Devaney is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland in the Drug Alcohol Crime Research program. Prior to joining ISSR, she worked at Turning Point, Melbourne from 2002–2012. She is currently involved in research on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related assaults in Queensland and pseudoephedrine diversion from pharmacies.

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    Marian Shanahan
    Senior Research Fellow, NDARC, UNSW Australia

    Dr Shanahan was awarded her PhD at UNSW in 2011 for her research assessing the costs and benefits of cannabis policies in the NSW context where the policy options included a hypothetical legalisation approach.  She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Dr. Shanahan’s background is in Health Economics.  Past research activities have focused on the application of economic evaluation tools to address policy questions related to illicit drug and alcohol dependence including assessing the preferences for various cannabis policies in a community sample. Current research includes assessing the cost-effectiveness of methadone post-release from prison, the cost effectiveness of various police diversion programs for cannabis, assessing the costs and benefits of treatment for heroin use.

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    Mark Tahtouh
    Team Leader of Forensic Drug Intelligence, Australian Federal Police

    Dr Mark Tahtouh is Team Leader of Forensic Drug Intelligence within the Australian Federal Police.

    His current duties include technical drug intelligence support to investigations, production of illicit drug-related forensic intelligence reports and management of the Australian Illicit Drug Intelligence Program (AIDIP) and the Enhanced National Intelligence Picture on Illicit Drugs (ENIPID) project.

    Dr Tahtouh has published over 18 articles in the areas of forensic chemistry and forensic intelligence.  He is also involved in a number of national forums focused on illicit drug policy reform.

     

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    Martin Boorman
    Inspector , Victoria Police

    Inspector Boorman has been a member of the Victoria Police for 35 years and has specialised in alcohol and drug impaired driving enforcement as an operative, trainer, court prosecutor and program manager for the past 30 years. Inspector Boorman is currently the Impaired Driving Programs Advisor for Victoria Police. He is responsible for providing advice on the enhancement of existing impaired driving programs and the development of new programs in this field.

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    Matthew Wilson
    Practice Leader, Department of Human Services (Vic)

    Matt is a Practice Leader within Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services’ statutory child protection program.  His career over the past 20 years has seen him case management and leadership roles within Victoria’s child protection program, in addition to clinical therapeutic roles with respect to assisting children recover from the traumas associated with child abuse and neglect.   As the FDTC Practice Leader, Matt’s role is to represent the child protection program to the court, and ensure that collaborative responses to client need occur across the state/judicial interface.

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    Matthew Wilson
    Department of Human Services (Vic)

    Matt is a Practice Leader within Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services’ statutory child protection program.  His career over the past 20 years has seen him case management and leadership roles within Victoria’s child protection program, in addition to clinical therapeutic roles with respect to assisting children recover from the traumas associated with child abuse and neglect.   As the FDTC Practice Leader, Matt’s role is to represent the child protection program to the court, and ensure that collaborative responses to client need occur across the state/judicial interface.

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    Michelle Hobday
    Research Fellow, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

    Michelle Hobday is currently a Research Fellow in the Alcohol Policy Research Team at the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University. Formerly a physiotherapist, she completed a Master in Public Health in Durban, South Africa in 2009. Her master’s research examined road crashes involving pedestrians. After relocating to Perth in 2010, she began a PhD which she completed in 2014. It explored the effects of alcohol availability on alcohol-related injuries presenting at EDs in Perth. She is currently working on projects relating to alcohol-related harms in Western Australia and Queensland, using traditional and spatial statistical methods.

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    Michelle Kudell
    Executive Officer, Association of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT - AADANT

    Michelle is currently the Executive Officer for AADANT - the Association for Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies NT. Their mission is to build and maintain a strong, sustainable and culturally diverse Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) sector that works together to reduce alcohol and other drug related harm across the Northern Territory. To do this through sector capacity building including workforce, and agency, training, support and development; Encouraging and/or facilitating collaboration, networking and other communication across the sector; promoting a range of effective strategies that minimise related harms including promoting links to current research and best practice guidelines and standards; Increasing public awareness, and education, regarding AOD issues and strategies to minimise related harms; Strategic development of guidelines, resources and publications that support a high functioning AOD sector; and Advocacy and representation of a sector perspective on policy and other issues that relate to substance misuse issues.

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    Monique Mann
    Research Officer, Australian Institute of Criminology

    Ms. Monique Mann is a Research Officer in the Crime Prevention and Evaluation Research team at the Australian Institute of Criminology. She holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Policing) with Honours from Griffith University. Monique is a PhD candidate at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS). She has completed a research residency at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University (ANU) and has interned with the Organised Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch (OCB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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    Nick Wallis
    Eros Association

    Nick worked in regional commercial radio before returning to Melbourne and producing Enpsychedelia, a podcast dedicated to the many facets of drugs, good and bad. Volunteering in harm reduction, Nick has attended many festivals working as a peer educator and was recently elected to Harm Reduction Victoria's board. Nick helped to write the Australian Sex Party’s drug policy and helped see Fiona Patten elected to the Victorian Legislative Council in 2014. Currently employed by the Eros Association, Nick passionately advocates for the forming of safer, healthier and more productive drug policies.

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    Paul Yates
    Intelligent Fingerprinting Ltd

    Paul has over 17 years’ experience working within the UK Criminal Justice System in the area of forensics, initially as an Expert Witness for the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in London, and then as the Key Customer Account Manager for the UK Government Forensic Science Service laboratory in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.  Paul’s work at the FSS included development of forensic services to tackle major crimes and sexual assault, and was recognised in 2009 through the presentation of The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire’s Award for Excellence in Forensic Science.   He joined Intelligent Fingerprinting in May 2011 and is responsible for business development of the company’s unique fingerprint drug screening device.

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    Peter Palamara
    Research Fellow, Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre, Curtin University

    Peter Palamara is a Research Fellow with the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He has been involved in road safety research for over 20 years. He has held previous research positions with the Road Accident Prevention Research Centre and the Injury Research Centre, both of which were located at The University of Western Australia. His main research interests include young and novice drivers, speeding, alcohol, drugs, and road safety program planning and evaluation.

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    Peter Thompson
    Planner, South Australia Police

    Peter Thompson is a career police officer having joined the South Australia Police in 1985.  Peter spent the early part of his career working in country South Australia predominantly running small police stations.  In 2002 Peter transferred to Adelaide and joined the Traffic Support Branch as a highway patrol officer.  In 2005 Peter commenced the process of introducing the driver drug testing program into South Australia and has continued to manage that program since its inception.  In 2014 Peter was awarded the Australian Police Medal.

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    Rachel Sutherland
    Research Officer, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre

    Rachel Sutherland joined NDARC in April 2007 and is currently working as the South Australian co-ordinator for the Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (EDRS) and the Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS). Prior to this, she worked as a research officer on the Methamphetamine Treatment Evaluation Study (MATES), as well as being involved in projects such as: A Systematic Review of Methamphetamine Precursor Regulations; Harm Reduction in NSW Prisons: What can be done to prevent HCV among prisoners? and Keep It Simple. In 2005, Rachel completed her honours degree in Criminology at the University of New South Wales. Her thesis examined the policy and practice of throughcare in Australian community corrections. Her research interests include substance use and mental health disorders, homelessness, transition from prison and post-release support.

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    Rebecca MacBean
    CEO, Qld Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies

    Rebecca commenced as QNADA CEO in April 2012.  QNADA is the peak body for the non-government alcohol and other drug treatment sector in Qld and provides support to 36 organisational members operating in over 75 locations across the state.  QNADA members provide drug education and information, early intervention, outreach, detoxification, residential rehabilitation, psychosocial and medical treatment, relapse prevention and justice diversion services.

    Prior to this, she worked with the West Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (WANADA) to develop the Standard for Culturally Secure Practice (AOD Sector), the first AOD sector specific accreditation standard.   Rebecca has worked in quality improvement for a number of years, including as an auditor against a range of standards utilised in the community services sector (including ISO 9001, Quality Improvement Council Standards and Accreditation Program, Qld Disability Service Standards and the Home and Community Care National Service Standards).

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    Rhys Wildman
    QLD Police Service

    Rhys Wildman is an Inspector with the Queensland Police Service.  He has 27 years operational policing experience in two policing jurisdictions being the New South Wales Police Force (10 years) and the Queensland Police Service (17 years).

    His background is largely in the general duties field of policing and he has served in both metropolitan and country areas.  He coordinated policing operations within the Fortitude Valley Drink Safe Precinct between October, 2011 and June, 2014.

    He is currently a Support Services Inspector for North Brisbane District and is the Project Manager for the Brisbane Sober Safe Centre trial.

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    Richard Leonars
    Senior Constable, Road Policing Command, Queensland Police Service

    Richard Leonars is a career police officer who was sworn into the Queensland Police Service in 1999. He is currently stationed with the Roadside Drug Testing Unit. The Roadside Drug Testing Unit undertakes intelligence driven deployments in the South East Queensland, and engages in state-wide traffic operations and initiatives, providing support to the Queensland Police Service’s regions and commands. During his 15 year career, Richard has worked as a general duties officer, a tactical crime squad officer, and a traffic officer. He has spent 11 years in traffic related duties.

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    Rod Charles
    Inspector, Specilaist Courts and Diversion, Queensland Police Service

    Acting Inspector Rod Charles, Specialist Courts and Diversion, Legal Services Group, Legal Division is a Senior Police Prosecutor who has led and coordinated the Queensland Police Service response to many criminal justice initiatives since 2000. His current responsibilities include being the Project Manager for the QPS Police Intervention Initiative, a QPS renewal program to enhance prosecution processes to change offending behaviour and reduce crime.

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    Rosaria Kiely
    Assistant Director, SupportLink National

    Rosaria completed a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) in 2007 and began working in the support sector with programs supporting at-risk youth and in organisations that advocated for positive media for young people.  After two years of then working as a Business Manager at Apple, Rosaria moved to a role with SupportLink and supported the QLD state-wide role out and managed the Victorian statewide roll out. Rosaria is now an Assistant Director of Marketing and Projects with SupportLink.

    SupportLink provides a national referral and diversion gateway for police and other emergency services to participate in early intervention.

    Our aim is to see a reduction in crime, suicide, violence, substance abuse, family breakdown, juvenile offending and to establish improved support for victims of crime.

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    Sally Jones
    QLD Health

    SallyAnne Jones is the Assistant Nursing Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.

    Sally is a Registered Nurse with 20 years experience in both cancer care and emergency.

    She has a keen interest in Lean change methodology, professional practice and nursing leadership.

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    Sean Davis
    Qld Health Forensic and Scientific Services

    Sean Davis graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Chemistry and from Griffith University with a Masters of Forensic Science. Sean is employed as a Senior Forensic Chemist in the Forensic Chemistry section of what is now Forensic and Scientific Services (FSS). Sean started in the illicit drug area before moving into the field of clandestine laboratories. Sean has served as President of the Clandestine Investigating Chemists Association (CLIC), an international association for forensic chemists and law enforcement personal who specialise in this field. Sean has been an author on a number of papers published in the peer reviewed literature. Sean has received a number of awards including best technical paper from the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS) and best illicit drug presentation at the 19th ANZFSS symposium. Sean has provided lectures and training to a large number of different organisations around illicit drugs and drug production as well as lecturing at Griffith University.

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    Shane Neilson
    Australian Crime Commission (ACC)

    Shane Neilson is the Head of the High Risk and Emerging Drugs (HRED) Determination at the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). Shane has degrees in economics and law from the University of Queensland and has more than 20 years intelligence and operational experience in Commonwealth and state agencies in both a national security and law enforcement context. Shane has worked on major strategic intelligence assessments concerning organised crime and drug markets for state agencies and the ACC. The ACC’s HRED Determination contributes to national understanding of all illicit drug markets, discovers new trends in the markets and proposes and implements appropriate responses.

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    Sophie Hickey
    Research Assistant, QADREC, The University of Queensland

    Sophie Hickey is a research assistant for the Ecstasy and related Drug Reporting System (EDRS), Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre, The University of Queensland. She is currently doing a PhD in Sociology at the University of Queensland on the social factors that influence the health of Aboriginal Australians living in Brisbane, from birth to adulthood.

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    Stephen Blair
    NSW Police Force

    Inspector Stephen Blair is the Commander - Random Drug Testing Unit - Traffic & HWP Command – NSW Police Force.  He obtained a Diploma in Policing.  He commenced his career in 1978 with the Transit Police and for the past 20 years has been heavily involved in traffic policing.  Stephen was appointed the Traffic Commander of APEC 2007 in Sydney, Transport Commander for the Popes World Youth Day and was the Traffic Operations Manager for the Major Events & Incident Group. 

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    Stephen Lane
    Lane Work Safe

    From September 1970 to July 1992, I was a serving member of the NSW Police.  As a Probationary Constable completing General uniform duties in tough inner Sydney I quickly became orientated to criminal investigation work. As a Detective working in hot spots including Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.  With the overflow from the Vietnam War - R and R days there was an emergence of heroin.  During the 70’s and 80’s I experienced the escalation in drug related crime.  I developed an acute understanding of the power of drugs, the perils and dangers posed to both society and our Police.  My many experiences leading me to a personal view that Prohibition is not the way forward, I consider addiction better treated as a health issue.  I was medically retired from the Police in 1992 on the rank of Detective Sergeant.  The following years I was involved in the family property development business.

    In 2005 I commenced LaneWorkSafe as Managing Director servicing Australian workplaces helping them achieve Drug Safe status.  Current clients including NSW and Victorian Police and other Australian workplaces with our exclusive products.  Through our work with various Government agencies we hold the view that in a small contributory way were helping make a difference.

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    Steve Lancaster
    Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS)

    Steve Lancaster commenced work with Customs and Border Protection as the Assistant Commissioner seconded from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) under the AFP and ACBPS strategic partnership arrangements. Up until his appointment as Assistant Commissioner of the new Investigations Division, Steve was heading up the AFP-led task group for disruption and deterrence as the AFP National Manager Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). Under the secondment partnership arrangements, Steve will continue to oversee this task group, as well as leading the Investigations Division. Steve has more than 32 years’ policing experience across ACT policing, national, and international spheres, with a focus on investigations and crisis response. Before the establishment of OSB, he was the National Manager of the AFP’s Crime Operations function, which provides front-line disruption of, and investigation into, Commonwealth offences including illicit drug importation, human trafficking, money laundering, identity theft, intellectual property theft, fraud, corruption and sensitive/political matters.

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    Steve Schultze
    Protective Group

    Steve Schultze, Senior Partner in the Protective Group, has a background in law enforcement and corporate security. Having served extensively in the Victoria Police in the areas of Homicide, Armed Robbery and Covert Surveillance, Steve has also studied Advance Domestic Violence Investigation including lethality assessing,  victimology, strangulation investigation, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking in the United States . Tasked by not for profits and other organisations (including Government departments) to assist in the risk management of survivors and addressing the ongoing issues of perpetrators taking into account their drug and alcohol issues, the Protective Group wraps a safety net around survivors of family violence using modern technology with personal safety alarms, CCTV and other measures. We have proven outcomes without any breaches including injuries or death.

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    Steve Wilson
    Protective Group

    Steve Wilson has a background spanning 35 years in policing, security and hospitality.  His police career centred on drug and alcohol law enforcement in the Victoria Police and the National Crime Authority. Noted as Australias’ first deep infiltration undercover operative investigating large scale drug manufacturing and importations, together with his time at the clandestine laboratory team at the Drug Squad, Steve will discuss how as a security industry at the front line of pubs and clubs, how additional training, a Zero Tolerance to drugs in clubs, observance of the RSA, modern technology such as the Safety Watch, CCTV and the BodyCam as well as other initiatives can reduce the socio economic impact in drug and alcohol fuelled violence and abuse. Using case histories from his present experience in supplying guards across Victorias’ most troublesome clubs and licensed venues, what we as industry leaders of security and risk management can and need to do to contribute to reduce the negative impact on our communities. Steve is well versed in this area owning hotels for the past 20 years.

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    Stuart Mills
    Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand

    Stuart is in his 28th year of Policing which has involved general duties policing before embarking on an investigative and intelligence focused career in 1993.  Following Detective qualification he spent considerable time investigating child abuse accompanied with a large array of serious crime.

    Since 2003 he has specialised in the area of intelligence whether this has related to Threat Assessments or National Security Intelligence as the Manager of the Strategic Intelligence Unit.

    In June 2008 Stuart was appointed as the Coordinator for the multi agency National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB). The Bureau comprised representatives from the New Zealand Customs Service, the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Police. He successfully restructured the bureau into a strategically focused drug intelligence unit providing strategic forecasting of illicit drug issues impacting upon New Zealand.

    A significant emphasis was the impact of methamphetamine, which has resulted in the development of key partnerships domestically and internationally focusing on chemical diversion and methamphetamine supply. Additionally the bureau played a key role in the government response to synthetic cannabinoid's and psychoactive substances which has lead to the introduction of the psychoactive substances act.

    Stuart was requested to present regularly on the New Zealand response to illicit drugs domestically and internationally.  He has been heavily involved in the development of the closer relationship with the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and the National Narcotics Control Commission. He has become recognised as an expert on illicit drugs with New Zealand.

    In October 2014 Stuart took up his current role as the Strategy and Liaison Manager for OFCANZ with reducing the impact upon New Zealand of organised crime domestically and internationally the main focus.  His role includes developing strategic responses to the Whole of Government Action Plan to reduce the harm caused by New Zealand Adult Gangs and Transnational Crime Groups.

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    Susan Goldsmid
    Principal Research Analyst, Australian Institute of Criminology

    Dr Susan Goldsmid is a principal research analyst at the Australian Institute of Criminology. She is the head researcher for the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program. The DUMA program examines temporal trends in illicit drug use and associations between illicit drug use and criminal offending.

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    Tom Clay
    Western Australia Police

    Tom is a Detective Inspector and oversees the Liquor Enforcement Unit in Perth. He is a career detective with 29 years’ experience as a police officer. During this period he has held roles as W A Police Family and Domestic Violence State Coordinator; overseen the Organised Crime Squad; been the  Officer in Charge of a remote police station and was also Officer in Charge of the Stock Squad.

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    Tony Beatton
    Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

    Tony is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Economics & Finance at the QUT Business School and a researcher in the Queensland Behavioural Economics Group (QuBE).  He lectures & tutors Operations Management in the School of Management and tutors Statistics in the School of Economics of Finance. After a 30-year career in the Information Technology industry, he retired in 2003 and went back to school; completing a degree in Finance and Management, Masters by Research in Management (Trust development in newly forming teams) and a PhD (Economics of Happiness). Tony’s research focusses on welfare, wellbeing and happiness.

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    Trevor Atkins
    Liquor Enforcement Unit Sergeant, Western Australia Police

    Trevor currently works in the Liquor Enforcement Unit of the Western Australia Police. He is a supervisor overseeing all Interventions and Objections on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, for the state of W.A. His team works closely with the community in assessing new liquor applications as well as assessment of people seeking positions in authority in the liquor industry.

    They have achieved significant results in the introduction of various harm reduction conditions being imposed on liquor licenses, as well as the refusal of a number of new applications.

    Such conditions relate to the requirement for CCTV, Crowd Controllers, ongoing food service, reduction in types and amounts of alcoholic drinks permitted to be served and, accommodation numbers and permanent seating conditions imposed on liquor licences.

     

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    Vendula Belackova
    Department of Addictology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague

    Dr. Vendula Belackova is an assistant professor at the Department of Addictology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague.  Since 2013, she has been a national project  coordinator for EC funded projects I-TREND - Internet Tools for Research in Europe on New Drugs: interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to substances, users, and markets (JUST/2012/DPIP/AG/3641) and LOCAL PASS - A local approach towards the reduction of psychoactive substance use (JUST/2012/DPIP/AG/3600). She is currently coordinating a MOH CZ funded drug-checking initiative Party-trend.cz. She has coordinated several research projects in the past, i.e. Marijuana markets in the Czech Republic - impact of different drug policy approaches (funded by OSI GDPP, 2008 - 2012), and Social Costs of Alcohol, Tobacco and Illicit Drugs in the Czech Republic 2007 (funded by Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, 2009 - 2011). Most recently, she has been a visiting fellow at Drug Policy Modelling Programme at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center, University of New South Wales, Sydney, with the support with Australian governemental Endeavour scholarship, working on a comparative analysis of cannabis market between the Czech Republic, Florida, U.S., and NSW, Australia (08/2014 - 01/2015).

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    Wayne Hall
    Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, the University of Queensland

    Wayne Hall is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland and a Professor of Addiction Policy at the National Addiction Centre, Kings College London. He also has Visiting Professorial appointments at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW. 

    He was formerly: an NHMRC Australia Fellow in addiction neuroethics at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and the University of Queensland Brain Institute (2009-2014); Professor of Public Health Policy, School of Population Health, UQ (2005-2009); Director of the Office of Public Policy and Ethics at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (2001-2005) at the University of Queensland; and Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW (1994-2001).  He has advised the World Health Organization on: the health effects of cannabis use; the effectiveness of drug substitution treatment; the scientific quality of the Swiss heroin trials; the contribution of illicit drug use to the global burden of disease; and the ethical implications of genetic and neuroscience research on addiction. 

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    William Gilmore
    Research Fellow, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

    Since 2011, William has worked as a Research Fellow with the alcohol policy research team at the National Drug Research Institute in Perth.  Prior to this he worked in the UK as a Public Health Analyst and Public Health Strategist for the National Health Service.  He has an MSc in Geographic Information Science and a particular interest in the application of spatial analysis to public health data.

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    Willie Joseph
    Youth Participation Officer, Glenorchy City Council

    Willie Joseph has been working at Glenorchy City Council for 14 years and is currently employed as the Youth Participation Officer. During this time he has worked with hundreds of at-risk youth, many of whom who have issues relating to drugs and alcohol, homelessness, mental health and violence. Willie employs a participation and engagement approach to all his work with young people and is widely recognised and respected throughout the City. He is often one of the few confidants of the more vulnerable young people in Glenorchy. He is particularly focused on working with vulnerable young people to support them to develop and achieve their goals.

    Willie’s career in youth work began during his long basketball career, the reason for him moving to Australia from Los Angeles, California in 1990. Willie continues to engage with at-risk youth through basketball and has had stints coaching at high levels (eg. Hobart Chargers).

    Willie’s hobbies include watching AFL football (Port Adelaide supporter), American football, baseball and cooking (Cajun and Creole food).
    Throughout his career, Willie has been regularly confronted with drug and alcohol issues at the ‘coal face’.