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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.


The Sydney Addiction Seminars will hosted again this year by Drug Health Services, RPAH, and held in the Scott Skirving Theatre from 7pm-9pm on Wednesday evenings as per the programme below.

There will be four seminars this year, presented by experts from four Local Health Districts. Participation will now also be possible by webinar for those who cannot attend in person.

Wednesday 27th April 2016
“Update on medicinal cannabis and cannabinoids.”
Nick Lintzeris

Implications of medical cannabinoids for treatment of substance dependence (including cannabis, opioids and alcohol), for management of chronic pain and other medical conditions.
Presenter: Associate Professor Nick Lintzeris, Director of Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Services in South East Sydney Local Health District.

Wednesday 22nd June 2016.
“Are we there yet?”
Paul Haber

The first 3 months experience of the new Hepatitis C treatments in practice, with an emphasis on AOD settings.
Presenter: Professor Paul Haber is Clinical Director, Drug Health Services, Sydney Local Health District.

Wednesday 14th September 2016
"Death Becomes Her."
Mark Hardy

The journey of setting up and administering a Mortality and Morbidity Process in your LHD, with illustrative cases including lessons from coroner’s cases.
Presenter: Dr Mark A Hardy is Staff Specialist in Addiction Medicine, Sydney Road Centre, Manly NSW.

Wednesday 23rd November 2016.
“Paradigm shift in the management of the alcohol intoxicated frequent flyer.”
Nghi Phung

Patients with repeated presentation for alcohol intoxication to hospitals are a major challenge and drain on health resources. Can we do more than just an offer to sober up in ED? How does capacity assessment shift the care paradigm and health outcomes? These issues will be explored with case studies and a literature scan.
Presenter: Dr Nghi Phung is Medical Director of Addiction Medicine at Western Sydney Local Health District

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