The conference aims to be inclusive and welcomes ideas for individual presentations and sessions for inclusion in the programme. Alongside plenary sessions, the programme committee will work to include a number of parallel and workshop sessions.
Individual submissions will be assessed by the Programme Committee and combined into themed sessions. The list below is indicative of some of the topics that might be considered for inclusion:
- Drugs – consumption rooms, pill-testing, prescribing services, decriminalisation (cannabis), the physical and social cost of our current system
- Alcohol – lock-out laws, consistent ABV taxation and regulatory approaches to tackling excessive alcohol use - does our current system target vulnerable people unfairly?
- Tobacco – less harmful alternatives, vaping bans, advocacy and our current regulatory approaches – again does our current system put the burden on vulnerable people unfairly?
- Mental Health – consumer advocacy, avoiding the criminal justice system
- Sex Work – safety, decriminalisation, advocacy
- Violence reduction – alcohol, domestic violence, public health approach to offending over a punitive criminal approach
The list is not exhaustive and you may have other ideas you would like to submit. You can do so by completing the abstract submission form by June, 30th.
Should the session be accepted for inclusion in the programme, the session organiser will be responsible for the provision of any necessary support for the all the speakers in the session with regard to registration, travel, accommodation and other costs.
We anticipate the near-final programme will be published by July, 15th.