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NCCRED Webinars

Free weekly webinars - Fridays 2pm-2:30pm

Hosted by St Vincent’s Alcohol & Drug Service, NCCRED is coordinating a series of webinars with a range of guests on Fridays 2pm AEST.


    NCCRED is hoping to explore some of the unique challenges currently being experienced by the Alcohol and other Drugs sector amidst the necessity of social distancing and the threat of infection. It’s a great opportunity to share these challenges and reflect on some of the things we’re learning. We hope this will be a useful resource as we step forward into uncertain times.

This series, hosted by Dr Nadine Ezard, will be held Fridays 2pm-2:30pm AEST including a Q&A and include in depth discussions with clinicians, consumers and others. We’ll dive into some of the immediate problems, research endeavours, and new clinical practices that are emerging during the time of COVID-19 and what life might look like after the pandemic.

Friday 3rd July

Nicky Bath 

Chief Executive Officer,  LGBTI Health Alliance

Topics include:

  • How services have approached changes during this period
  • What can be improved now restrictions are being lifted?
  • How LGBTI Health approaches harm reduction messaging

Nicky webinar 


Friday 26th June

Dr Amy Peacock, 

Senior Research Fellow, NDARC, UNSW

Prof Paul Dietze,

Program Director, Behaviours and Health Risks, Burnet Institute

A/Prof Garrett Prestage, 

HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program,  The Kirby Institute, UNSW


Topics include:

Research findings during COVID-19 times, specifically:

  • The Flux Study
  • The ADAPT Study
  • SuperMIX

Amy, Paul & Garrett webinar 

Friday 19th June

Jack Freestone

Manager of AOD and Mental Health Programs, ACON

Topics include:

  • The ways that people of diverse sexualities and genders use GHB
  • Harms associated with the use of GHB coming out of Isolation
  • Various contexts of GHB use and how it’s changed during COVID-19
  • Upcoming work ACON is doing around GHB and its use

Jack Freestone webinar 

Friday 12th June

Dr Jessamine Soderstrom

Emergency Physician & Clinical Toxicologist at Royal Perth Hospital & the National Poisons Network & Research Lead for the EDNA project

Topics include:

  • Patterns in admissions to Emergency Department during COVID-19 for Drug and Alcohol related issues
  • The Emerging Drug Network of Australia (EDNA) Project
  • How COVID-19 has impacted this project and aspirations for the future

Jessamine Soderstrom webinar 

Friday 29th May

Duran Cox

Aboriginal Counsellor, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney & NCCRED Indigenous Consultant

Scott Daley

Manager, Aboriginal Health, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Topics include:

  • Effects of Isolation on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • How services are adapting during COVID-19 and what we have learnt?
  • Barriers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when presenting at an emergency department

Duran Cox & Scott Daley webinar 

Friday 22nd May

Tony Trimingham OAM

CEO Family Drug Support

Topics included:

  • Issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic for families
  • How Family Drug Support have adapted
  • Referral options available

Tony Trimingham webinar 

Friday 15th May

Jack Nagle

Founder of Realdrugtalk and has lived experience


Topics included:

  • Are people using more or less?
  • Services available and how people can connect with them
  • How can people connect while in isolation if concerned about presenting to a hospital?

Jack Nagle webinar 

Friday 8th May

Jennifer Blundell 

Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) Counsellor and Training and Engagement Officer, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

Topics included:

  • Developing micro skills for delivering services via the phone
  • Current issues facing clients
  • Ways to engage with clients when on the phone
  • Remaining professional whilst working from home

Jennifer Blundell webinar 

​Friday 1st May

Dr Suzie Hudson 

Clinical Director, The Network of Alcohol and other Drugs Agencies (NADA)


Topics included:

  • Privacy and confidentiality practices when providing counselling via phone or video-link
  • Introducing clients to receiving counselling via tele/video-link
  • Worker-well being issues

Dr Suzie Hudson webinar 

Friday 24th April

Dr Elizabeth Knock

Clinical Psychologist and Stimulant Treatment Program Clinical Lead, St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney


Topics included:

  • Transition to Telehealth and online consultations
  • Supporting people during times of uncertainty
  • Accessing care for rural and remote clients
  • Operational issues with the transition

If you missed this webinar you can watch vie the link below

Dr Elizabeth Knock webinar

Upcoming Webinars

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  • Insight QLD and NCCRED Webinar feat. Suzie Hudson

    In November 2019, NCCRED partnered with Dr Suzie Hudson (NADA) and Insight to deliver the webinar “Treating the hype: Supports and treatment responses for people impacted by methamphetamine use”, exploring the evidence base for stimulant-specific interventions and treatment, and recognising the need for effective support, acknowledging the frequent experience of discrimination around this substance. The webinar which was hosted by Insight can be viewed below:

    For more resources from Insight please go to their website www.insight.qld.edu.au