SANDAS SA State AOD Treatment Services Forum

It’s back! Our annual networking and information sharing event!
Face to face and all in the same room!

Join us for a morning of networking and information sharing with your colleagues. You’ll hear from SANDAS and relevant funding bodies about developments in the AOD sector, as well as having the opportunity to participate in a consultation that will inform our work in relation to workforce development.

Some background for this consultation: The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) is currently undertaking a review of the National AOD Workforce Development Strategy, which is due for release later this year. At the same time, SANDAS is working with the Community Engagement Centre at UniSA where a student placement project is undertaking a review of the WFD needs of the SA sector. The intersections of these two projects will place SANDAS in a position of being well informed about the current WFD, the future needs and the key gaps that have to be addressed.

Please come along and share with us what you think are the key issues for vocational, higher education, ongoing professional development and incidental workforce development activities in South Australia. The WFD session will take the form of an interactive collaborative session enabling you to provide direct feedback on your and your organisations needs.

Date: Tuesday the 31st of May
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm with Morning Tea provided
Venue: Adelaide Pavilion – Cnr South Tce & Peacock Rd, Adelaide
Cost: Absolutely free!

Register via this link:


Port Augusta Workshop:
Responding to Family and Domestic Violence in Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment

presented by 360Edge

This workshop includes:
– Understand DFV, the complex interplay of risk factors and its relationship to AOD use
– Learn effective responses to DFV including screening and assessment, risk and safety planning, assessing readiness to address, and integrating DFV into AOD treatment planning
– Find out how you can effectively work with people who use or experience violence
– Feel comfortable managing special issues such as children, workplace safety, effective referral and self-care

Wednesday 8th June, 9am – 4:30pm
Port Augusta Central Oval
10 Augusta Terrace, Port Augusta
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

Register here:


National Comorbidity Guidelines Training

SANDAS is offering a training program for the Guidelines on the management of co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions in alcohol and other drug treatment settings (2nd edition).

This training program has been developed to accompany the Comorbidity Guidelines and an associated online training program (available at developed by the University of Sydney’s Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use. Together, these resources aim to provide alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers with up-to-date, evidence-based information on the management of comorbid mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings. They are based on the best of available evidence and were developed in collaboration with clinicians, researchers, consumers, and carers from across Australia.

The intended outcomes for the training are:

  1. Increased knowledge and awareness of how to identify, manage and treat co-occurring mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings
  2. Improved confidence and skills of AOD workers
  3. Increased utilisation of evidence-based care.

For further information about the training and to register to attend the workshops, please download our Course Information Document.



Hosted by SANDAS and facilitated by Dr Suzie Hudson, Clinical Director, NADA. This workshop was held on the 12th of October, 2021. The workshop covers the basics of NMDS data collection and addresses some of the common errors and misunderstandings in recording the data.

Click here to view the recording of this workshop.


SANDAS September Seminar Series

Seminar 1 – 7th September, 12pm
Dr Stephen Bright : MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD

Click here to view the recording of this seminar
Click here to download the presentation slides
Seminar 2 – 14th September, 12pm
Dr Tamara Mackean : Constructs of Care and Healing: The Value of First Nations’ Knowledges and Experiences
Click here to view the recording of this seminar
Seminar 3 – 21st September, 12pm
Associate Professor Caitlin Hughes : Challenges and opportunities of decriminalising or legalising illicit drugs in the South Australian context
Click here to view the recording of this seminar
Seminar 4 – 28th September, 12pm
Toni Karlsson and Dr Rachel Sutherland : Emerging Trends in Drug Use and Harms in South Australia, 2021
Click here to view the recording of this seminar



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 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.
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