About Us

About the seminars

The Sydney Addiction Seminars are a post-graduate health education series now held under the auspices of Drug Health Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the Department of Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney. They are convened by Dr Richard Hallinan and Professor Paul Haber.

The seminars continue the tradition of the Concord Dependency Seminars (1999 to 2010) which were convened by Dr Andrew Byrne and later Dr Richard Hallinan, every second month under the auspices of the Professional Methadone Association.

This interactive seminar series consisting of lectures, case studies and discussions, is aimed to increase the awareness and skills of health professionals, especially primary care medical practitioners, of the presentations and management of alcohol and other drug-related problems in the community. It includes an emphasis on public health and preventive measures, especially primary care brief and early interventions, on groups with special needs, and on culturally appropriate interventions.

The seminars are attended by a range of medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in the field of Alcohol and Other Drugs. These include GPs, Addiction Medicine specialists, psychiatrists, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and counselors. This seminar series has been set up as a regular activity attracting 2 points/hours for RACGP QA&CPD (current activity number 745701). Other health professionals can be provided with a certificate of attendance.

QA&CPD for Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners

Pre-reading, objectives and cases and/or questions on notice vignettes are circulated by email and/or fax prior to each seminar and available for perusal at the conference venue 30 minutes prior to each seminar.

The seminars are each of two hours, each consisting of: case studies on the themes to illustrate the objectives; presentations by an expert, client representatives and/or other service providers (see each seminar programme for details), group discussion including all participants and speakers, moderated by the seminar chairman.

Reinforcing activity- a seminar summary is usually posted on this website and circulated by email to participants.