SANDAS Symposium
Wednesday the 27th of September 2023

This year’s SANDAS Symposium was themed around our Lived Experience Workforce and addressed issues of stigma, workforce support and development and more.

Stay tuned for details of the 2024 Symposium!



SANDAS Seminar Series 2024

Seminar 1 – 12th March, 12pm
Dr Catherine Earl: Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education (FARE)

Catherine is the Director of Research and Policy at FARE, working to improve public policy in the area of alcohol harms. Catherine’s presentation focuses on the advocacy work of FARE in relation to preventing alcohol harm in South Australia and nationally.

Watch the recording of this seminar here

Seminar 2 – 19th March, 12pm
Brett Hodges and Mat Tipping : AOD Lived & Living Experience Workforce FAQ’s (frequently avoided questions)

This seminar focuses on a series of commonly encountered questions around the development of the AOD lived/living experience workforce and responses from two AOD LLE Educators working at Insight, Queensland’s specialist provider of alcohol and other drug training, education, clinical resources and practice advice for workers and services.

Watch the recording of this seminar here

Seminar 3 – 26th March, 12pm
Dr Vicky Cock – Clinical Director DASSA: Vaping: Is it all smoke with no fire? Hear about the latest on vaping and what’s happening in the South Australian policy context.                                  Currently Vicky is a consultant Addiction medicine Specialist and the Clinical Director for DASSA. She has an interest in the management of medical co-morbidities associated with substance use. In particular alcohol related liver disease and the provision of hepatitis C care to marginalised population groups – with a focus on current IV drug users. She is a firm advocate for the principles of harm reduction across the specialty and the reduction of all forms of stigma directed at those who choose to use substances. She is also a keen teacher, educator and researcher.

Watch the recording of this seminar here. 


SANDAS SA State AOD Treatment Services Forum

This yearly event takes place in around May/June each year and is an opportunity to hear from funding bodies, policy makers, local services about what is happening and new in the AOD sector. Watch this space for details on the 2024 forum.


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

Comorbidity Network Group

The Comorbidity 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.

AOD Peer Network

The AOD Peer Network is an opportunity for Lived Experience/Peer workers in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector to come together to share information, provide support, network and learn. The network meets quarterly and meetings usually include lunch.

If you are a Lived Experience/Peer worker in the SA AOD sector and want to know more about this network, contact Sam Raven on


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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