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2016 – a new exciting event is coming!

In response to feedback gathered from attendees, we will be trialling a new workshops series for the 2016 event. The new workshops format will be more hands on, providing practical skills in subject areas that are identified as requiring more support and training needs. The workshops will be a mixture of interactive and intensive clinical […]

Competition closing soon!

Did you walk away with a great idea that has turned into action?!? If so, we want to hear from you! Deadline for entries has been extended to Friday 11 December 2015. Read more

International keynote speaker announced

We are pleased to present addiction psychiatrist, Dr Igor Koutsenok, as our international keynote speaker. As the Chief of Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, he will bring a global perspective and not-to-be-missed insights into the area of criminality and addiction. A worldwide leading trainer in […]

AWS2014 speaker presentations now available

Our 2014 conference speakers have kindly made their presentations available for viewing by delegates. Click on the relevant presentation title to view a PDF file. Please note that some speakers have not made their presentations available. Some of the presentations have also been filmed by our media partner armchair medical and are available for viewing. […]

The 2014 Australian Winter School: inspiration in tough times

Many staff working in the Australian alcohol and other drug sector are feeling the distinct chill of what could be described as a harsh winter when it comes to the current funding climate. So it was a warming experience to attend the 2014 Australian Winter School Conference held in Brisbane in July. The annual conference […]

AWS 2014 International keynote hailed a success

As to be expected, AWS2014’s international keynote speaker, Dr Adam Winstock, proved to be a major drawcard, pulling a capacity crowd of about 280 delegates eager to hear his opening presentation. The UK leading addiction expert and a driving force behind the Global Drug Survey, Dr Winstock warned that that we were now in the […]

Check out the AWS2014 conference app!

New and exciting this year is the launch of our free, downloadable conference app! The app, containing the 2014 Australian Winter School program, is now available for download to your smart phone. Our app is easy to navigate. It features speakers with bios and photos, their talk topics and when and where they will present. […]

No longer a time and place to drink

No longer a time and place to drink  Once upon a time, we did not expect to be served alcohol at school functions. Once upon a time, men got drunk drinking in pubs at 6pm – but rarely drank to excess in the family home. Once upon a time, newspaper advertisements would simply list types […]

Alcohol and drugs treatment – in the spotlight

Alcohol and drugs treatment – in the spotlight Hundreds of alcohol and other drug workers, clinicians and researchers are about to descend on Brisbane for one of the sector’s key events which showcases new ideas, practices, models of treatments for people battling drug and alcohol addictions. The highly regarded Australian Winter School conference is this […]