The conference

What is AWS?

The Australian Winter School (AWS) is a long-standing national drug and alcohol conference in Queensland which has been presented by Lives Lived Well, one of Queensland’s leading non-government alcohol and other drug providers to date. Previously, each year it has attracted up to 300 delegates from around the country, eager to explore, learn, exchange and discuss new ideas relating to current AOD treatment and issues.

Moving into its 30th year, the conference will be jointly presented by the Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies and Lives Lived Well with the theme: Crossroads.  We are exploring and highlighting the complex intersection alcohol and other drugs have with other sectors with the themes of Collaborate, Coordinate and Integrate. We are drilling down into topics of prevention, harm reduction and treatment. With a focus on innovative practice and new ideas, we will spark partnerships, inspiration and advance best practice. The conference will include engaging panels combined with breakout presentation sessions.

All AWS events aim to support health care professionals in developing skills and knowledge in responding to and treating alcohol and drug related issues, including mental health. They bring together practitioners, researchers, policy makers and workers from across the sector including community and private practice and all levels of government and provides a forum for cross-disciplinary dialogue. AWS suits those working in alcohol and other drugs, including nurses, allied health, GPs and other support agencies. It also appeals to those working in EDs and mental health care.


Why should I attend?

Winter School provides a great opportunity for delegates to hear from leading local and international researchers and practitioners, update their skills and knowledge, and network with colleagues and peers – examining prevention, treatment and harm reduction, discussing research and emerging trends and identifying ways to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the sector.






What people are saying… watch our summary video from 2015 event

It’s a wrap! Australian Winter School 2015 summary

(Note: this link will take you to our You Tube channel)



 • connecting the alcohol & other drugs sector • igniting debate and discussion • sharing new ideas, practices & research