Call for Abstracts

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The New Zealand Police and the Australian Federal Police are pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 8th Australasian Drug and Alcohol Conference, Influencing Attitudes - how can thinking and behaviour towards alcohol and drug use be changed?  

The conference will be held at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa), Wellington from 2-5 May 2017.

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  • Showcase research and initiatives addressing drug and alcohol harms
  • Share experiences between policing partners
  • Foster effective interagency partnerships into the future
  • Learning from practices
  • Meeting the challenges ahead


The overall theme of ADASC 2017 is Influencing Attitudes - how can thinking and behaviour towards alcohol and drug use be changed?

Both the Australian and New Zealand national drug policies recognise the critical importance of building partnerships between health and law enforcement sectors and engaging all levels and parts of government and non-government sectors and the community.

ADASC 2017 seeks to strengthen the partnerships between law enforcement, health practitioners, academics and policy makers at a local, national and international level; bringing people together to examine, review, assess, share and learn from each other.


Oral presentations in major and concurrent sessions where presentations will occur in a traditional format. These oral presentations will be between 15-30 minutes in length, depending on requirements of the session in which the presentation will take place.

Workshops allow for information or instructional sessions focused on a specialised skill, project or subject in a less formal setting. Workshop presentation will be up to 30 minutes and include participant discussion.

Poster sessions in which poster presentations will be displayed and authors will be required to be in attendance beside their poster at designated times. Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.


Several countries including New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom have adopted a ‘harm minimisation’ approach to change thinking and behaviour towards alcohol and drug use.  In the New Zealand context there are three strategies for harm reduction in the National Drug Policy - Supply Control, Demand Reduction and Problem Limitation. The following themes and content areas are of particular interest and abstracts that relate to these points are encouraged.

Those submitting abstracts for ADASC 2017 should identify which broad strategy and theme their submission relates to from the Strategies and Themes outlined below. 

Looking at abstracts that show one or more of the following:

  • Innovation and new approaches
  • Collaboration and cross agency partnerships
  • Investment approaches
  • People/family/community centred include hard to reach communities

Strategies and Themes

Supply Control
Changing attitudes through deterrence and disincentives, prevention and reduction.  Using law enforcement, licensing and other restrictions such as limited trading hours to stop or disrupt the production, use or import of harmful alcohol and drugs. 

Themes of supply control include:

  • Disruption
  • Deterrence
  • Market influences
  • Response to drug crime
  • Responses to alcohol crime
  • Legislation

Demand Reduction
Changing attitudes through health promotion, education,  marketing and community based action to delay or reduce the desire to use alcohol or drugs, and reduce community tolerance for misuse.

Themes of demand reduction include:

  • Prevention
  • Alternatives
  • Interventions
  • Rehabilitation

Problem Limitation
Changing attitudes to reduce harm to those people who use alcohol and/or drugs, and reduce harm to affected families and communities attitudes.

Themes of problem limitation include:

  • Helpseeking
  • Early intervention
  • Pathways to treatment
  • Treatment services
  • Support services for families
  • Integration back into communities

Topics of Interest

  • What is the law enforcement role in influencing the thinking and behaviour towards alcohol and/or drug use?
  • Does the global drug market and accessibility influence local community attitudes?
  • Using law enforcement transnational intelligence and resource sharing as a deterrence and disincentive for those individuals who supply illicit drugs.
  • Legislation and the regulation of alcohol and/or drugs
  • The role of drug testing as a deterrent
  • Safer use and family/whanau empowerment
  • Reducing community tolerance for abuse and misuse
  • The role of public health initiatives – what is the law enforcement role?
  • Is imprisonment the right response or are there alternative approaches?
  • Public health initiatives in prevention
  • Industry responsibility and compliance
  • Quantifying and publicising harm
  • Cross agency partnerships to reduce the harm
  • Alcohol and/or drug driving
  • Attitudes and changing behaviours towards drugs and alcohol in specific population groups, e.g. young people or indigenous people or other ethnic minorities
  • Pre-loading
  • Community level action to reduce (alcohol) related harm
  • Alcohol advertising and sponsorship
  • Access to and adequacy of addiction treatment services
  • Pregnancy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)
  • Integration of alcohol/drug screening and brief intervention strategies into services
  • Attitudes and/or approaches to workforce testing for drugs and/or alcohol
  • Drug and alcohol abuse in sport


When submitting your abstract, please select which stream best suits. Your abstract should clearly outline the theme and purpose of your presentation/paper.

The abstract format is as follows:


  • Title should be a maximum of 50 characters in length


  • Enter name/s of author/s on online portal
  • Check the box for those authors who are presenting at the Conference
  • Each author needs to be listed separately
  • Biographies are to be provided for the main presenting author and for any presenting co-authors
  • Include professional titles (e.g. Dr, Prof) when entering the author/presenter names


  • The online portal will not keep any formatting you have created from a Word document; simply enter your abstract into the content box provided
  • Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words written in the English language
  • Do not leave blank lines between paragraphs
  • Use standard abbreviations only


  • The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by the Content Steering Group. Acceptance of abstracts is at the sole discretion of the Content Steering Group.
  • By submitting your abstract you agree to have your abstract (if accepted) published in the ADASC 2017 Conference Delegate Handbook and Abstracts Extracts on USB.
  • If accepted, you must register for the Conference by the date specified by the Conference Organisers. Further details regarding registration will be included in your acceptance correspondence.

If you have any questions or experience any problems during the online submission process, please contact Krysty Monks of Iceberg Events (Conference Organisers) via phone 07 3876 4988 or

SuBmit Your Abstract

The call for abstracts has now closed.


Call for Abstracts Close: 7 October 2016
Content Steering Group Review Submissions: October 2016
Registration Open: November 2016
Authors Advised of Submission Outcome:  December 2016
Program Announced: January 2017
Earlybird Registration Closes: 28 February 2017
ADASC 2017 Conference: 2-5 May 2017