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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.


Wednesday 10th December, 2014

"Housing, homelessness and debts”

People who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs have high rates of unemployment, physical and psychological disability, unstable accommodation and homelessness. In this seminar representatives of three services will guide us through key issues in helping people who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs access appropriate support and services.

Janis Denman and Kate Barbe are Specialist Team members from the Inner City Assessment Team of Housing NSW, South East Sydney District. Housing NSW, an agency of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and one of the largest providers of social housing in the world.

Amy Cason is Acting Manager of the Homeless Health Service at St Vincent's Darlinghurst, which is a novel initiative for assisting people whose homelessness adversely affects their health and health care.

Matthew Baker is Assistant Manager of the Debt Resolution Unit, NSW State Debt Recovery. Work and Development Orders (WDO) are made by the Office of State Debt Recovery to allow eligible clients to reduce their fines through unpaid work with an approved organisation and through certain courses or treatment.

Objectives: At the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to:
1 Show understanding of the impact of homelessness on people with problems of addiction and their recovery.
2 Demonstrate understanding of the supports provided by Housing NSW, including Temporary Assistance and Housing Pathways.
3 Show understanding of eligibility for Housing NSW services, and requirements for medical assessment an independent living skills assessment.
4 Show familiarity with the eligibility and organisational requirements for Work and Development Orders made by the NSW Office of State Debt Recovery.

We aim to make these seminars as interactive as possible. Please email your suggestions to for cases and questions to Richard Hallinan at


Venue: Scott Skirving Theatre, RPAH, Camperdown

6.30pm for introductions and refreshments, sessions starts at 7pm. No booking necessary, but to assist with catering please RSVP interest to or call Drug Health Services RPAH on 02 9515 6419

This seminar series attracts 2 points/hour for RACGP QA&CPD (activity number 715352).

The sessions and refreshments are again supported this year by Reckitt Benckiser, makers of buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone