SANDAS Codeine Seminar

Over the counter products containing codeine will no longer be sold after February the 1st, with codeine only available via prescription from this date.

SANDAS and NCETA are providing workers from NGO AOD Treatment services and other related services an opportunity to come and hear from experts in the field about the changes, the evidence for codeine use in the management of pain, and the potential impact on people who may be dependent on codeine through the over use of these over the counter products.

There will also be opportunities for discussion about the impact on AOD treatment services, and strategies for how to best support our clients who may be using codeine.

Speakers will include:

  • Roger Nicholas, Senior Project Manager, National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction
  • Doctor Suzanne Nielsen, Pharmacist, Senior Lecturer, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of NSW.
  • Doctor Meredith Craigie, Anaesthetist and Specialist Pain Medicine Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital.
  • TBA – Speaker on potential impact of changes on NGO Treatment Services

Date & Time:
Thursday the 8th of February, 9:30am – 12:30pm

NCETA Meeting Room
Level 3A
Mark Oliphant Building
5 Laffer Drive, Bedford Park

To register:
Click here!


SANDAS Symposium 2018

Yes… it will be back! If you have ideas on topics or speakers that you would like to see at the 2018 Symposium – tell us!

Email your feedback to Sam Raven at

Hope to see you there!




Future Developments in AOD Sector Forum (held in June 2017)

At this forum we heard about:

  • The launch of the new DASSA funded Treatment Framework Project. The Framework will be developed via consultation with the sector to articulate what constitutes specialist drug treatment services in South Australia.  This will include common aims, principles, values, established tools and therapeutic approaches. The Framework will provide a valuable tool for AOD services providers.
  • Presentations from a range of commissioning bodies funding AOD services.
  • The new services emerging with allocation of the National Ice Action Strategy funding.

Download the presentations from the day here:

SANDAS AOD Treatment Framework

Commonwealth Department of Health

Adelaide Primary Health Network

Drug and Alcohol Services SA

Country SA Primary Health Network

BaptistCare SA Tumbelin Program

OARS Community Transitions CHASM Program

Uniting Communities New ROADS Program


Murray Mallee General Practice Network

Riverland GP

Northern Health Network Northern Connect Program

Drug ARM Australasia Kangaroo Island Program

Country and Outback Health

Life Without Barriers Far West AOD Program


SANDAS currently provides the following networking opportunities. To enquire about joining any of these networks, please contact


Co-Morbidity Network Group

The Co-Morbidity Network Group focuses on Alcohol and Other Drug Programs that are funded from the two main Federal funding streams, the Non Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program (NGOTGP) and the Substance Misuse Service Delivery Grants Fund (SMSDGF). The network is particularly focused upon activities that seek to increase the capacity of workers in these programs to respond effectively to Mental Health issues and other co-morbidities. Guest speakers are invited from Mental Health and other relevant service organisations, and information is shared between workers at the six-weekly meetings.


Membership from workers outside the two federal funding streams is welcome, provided their current role is relevant to the network’s focus. Contact SANDAS for more information.


South Australian Youth Alcohol and Drug Services (SAYADS)

This network is open to managers, supervisors and workers in Drug & Alcohol or Mental Health Services that work with young people. Members of this group meet every six weeks and discuss issues that affect young people seeking treatment, identify gaps in service delivery and informs SANDAS’ advocacy work in seeking targeted services for young people. This is also an information sharing opportunity, to improve referral pathways and achieve improved outcomes for young clients of these services. Please contact SANDAS for more information.


Refund of registration fees

  • If a SANDAS event is cancelled, a full refund of any registration fees paid will be made within 30 days of the cancellation.
  • If a registered participant cannot attend an event for any reason, SANDAS should be advised by email at or by phone on (08) 8231 8818 as soon as possible. A full refund of registration fees will be made if this advice is received at least ten working days prior to the commencement of the event.
  • No refund is payable if cancellation advice is received less than ten working days prior to the commencement of the event. Whilst we understand that personal circumstances or work commitments can change unavoidably at short notice, SANDAS cannot accept responsibility for such changes.


  • No refund is payable if a participant is late for or fails to attend an event.
  • Where a person or organisation has registered to attend an event but has not paid fees in advance, they will be liable to pay those fees if they fail to attend without ten working days notice.

Substitutions and Transfers

  • Where a registered participant cannot attend, they may send a substitute. Requests for substitutions can be made by calling SANDAS on 08 82318818 and can be made at any time up to the event commencement date.
  • SANDAS does not offer a facility for registration fees to be transferred to another event.
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