This year’s SANDAS AOD Treatment Services Forum will be on July the 22nd, 2021 at the Adelaide Pavilion from 9am – 12:30pm, morning tea provided.

This event is an opportunity for people working in alcohol and other drug services to hear from sector funding bodies and services funded under the recent PHN AOD tender processes. Network over morning tea with others working in alcohol and other drug services and get a better understanding of the changes facing the sector at present.

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The 2021 SANDAS SYMPOSIUM was held on the 13th of April. This event is our premier professional development and networking event for the South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Sector.

Slide presentations from speakers for this year’s Symposium are available for download below:

Associate Professor James Martin
Swinburne University of Technology
The Dark Web and COVID-19
Professor Iain McGregor
University of Sydney
Medicinal Cannabis
Dr Matthew Dunn
Deakin University
Working with people who use performance enhancing drugs
Jennifer Duncan
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Alcohol & other Drugs Council
“Collaboration, Not Integration”

Exploring the place of alcohol and other drug services in the mental health system – by Nicole Lee & Steve Allsop (referenced in Jennifer’s presentation)

Helene Nielsen
Neami National
Australia’s first Urgent Mental Health Care Centre
Mateo Sewillo
Penington Institute
Working with people who use GHB
Ben Hopkins
Baptist Care SA
“Tumbelin Farm – Developing an Adventure Therapy Residential Rehabilitation program for young people”


SANDAS is excited to announce that we are bringing 360Edge’s Paula Ross back to present a one day workshop on Trauma Informed Care. This workshop is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.

Does your work with clients need to be more trauma-informed?

This one-day foundation workshop addresses working with clients in a trauma-informed way. This includes understanding trauma and its impacts, identifying signs and symptoms of trauma and conducting trauma screening.

Learning outcomes

  • Essential reflective practice skills and practical response strategies
  • Best-practice in developing a trauma-informed service
  • Strategies for maintaining boundaries and worker well-being

While this workshop is aimed at alcohol and other drug workers, workers in adjacent sectors will benefit such as mental health, homelessness, family services etc.

Date: Wednesday 12th May
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE! (+ Lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)
Venue: Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel (function room)
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Port Augusta:
Date: Wednesday 2nd June
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE! (+ Lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)
Venue: Central Oval Community Sporting Complex
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Southern Workshop:
Date: Wednesday 16th June
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE! (+ Lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)
Venue: Wardli Youth Centre, 13 McKinna Rd, Christies Beach
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Northern Workshop:
Date: Wednesday 17th June
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE! (+ Lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)
Venue: Stretton Centre, 307 Peachey Rd, Munno Para
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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 connecting Alcohol and Other Drug Programs with the Mental Health sector with the aim of improving outcomes for clients with comorbidities and to share knowledge amongst organisations in these fields. Guest speakers are invited from AOD, Mental Health and other relevant service organisations, and information is shared between workers at the six-weekly meetings.

Membership from workers in the alcohol and other drug or mental health sector is welcome, provided their current role is relevant to the network’s focus. 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.