Prevention in Practice National Conference

Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre June 24-25, 2019

ADF Prevention in Practice Conference

Community-led action to reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs

The 2019 National Prevention in Practice Conference will deliver local and international speakers sharing their expertise on strengthening capacity of community-led action on alcohol and other drugs.

Explore various models of prevention and discover practical examples of successful strategies that have mobilised communities.

Aimed at community leaders, alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers and people passionate about prevention strategies in the alcohol and drug sector, the Conference themes will include:

  • the impact of sport in alcohol and other drug prevention
  • peers and their role in protecting from AOD-related harm
  • prevention in a range of complex settings such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, education and culturally diverse communities.


Hear from international and local experts.

Jón Sigfússon, Planet Youth, Iceland

This will be a unique opportunity to learn firsthand from Planet Youth, Iceland’s hugely successful program to combat teenage smoking, drinking and drug use – an intervention model that is now being adopted in around 100 communities in 24 different countries.

Jón Sigfússon is Director of both Planet Youth and the Icelandic Centre of Social Research and Analysis, He leads work with local governments in developing capacity within local communities to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drugs focusing on youth. He has published and lectured extensively in “Evidence based policymaking in the field of drug prevention” and “Adolescence Substance Abuse prevention.”

Prof John Toumbourou, Deakin University, Melbourne

Hear about Communities That Care and its applicability in Australia. Communities That Care (CTC: is an evidence-based, community-change process for reducing youth problem behaviours, including harmful substance use, crime, low academic achievement, early school leaving, sexual risk-taking, and violence. The CTC approach applies the most up-to-date knowledge and research to foster healthy social development among children and youth.

Professor John Toumbourou is the Chair in Health Psychology and a prominent researcher and health advocate. He has been influential internationally and nationally in assisting the development of research and practise in the fields of prevention science and health psychology. He has received international awards for his contributions in these areas and has been influential in reshaping Australian health policies to more effectively address adolescent alcohol misuse and related problems.

Prof Maree Teesson AC, Director of The Matilda Centre

Prof Teesson will be discussing Climate Schools and Positive Choices.

She is Professor and Director of The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, Director of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use (PREMISE) and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at The University of Sydney. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a National Mental Health Commissioner and Member, National Health and Medical Research Council. She is also a founding member of The MHS Management Committee since 1991.

Maree’s vision is to build the world’s leading dedicated translational research program for the prevention and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. She seeks to increase our understanding of substance use and mental health problems, prevent these where possible and improve treatment responses.  Maree was announced as a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List.


Dr. Erin Lalor AM, CEO, the ADF

Dr. Erin Lalor was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in November 2017.

Erin has over 20 years of leadership experience in the health sector, working in clinical, academic and executive roles, and was most recently the CEO of the National Stroke Foundation and a Director of the World Stroke Organisation.  She sits on a number of advisory committees in relation to public health, clinical improvements and evidence-based approaches to healthcare delivery.  Erin has a strong track record in developing and strengthening organisations and brings a vast range of skills and experience to the ADF.

Erin was announced as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List.

Community Showcase

Leading community-led prevention programs will be featured with representatives from ADF’s Drug Action Teams and Good Sports Clubs providing insights into how they are addressing alcohol and drug harms at the local level as well as practical tips for you to take back to your workforce.

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