Experts from around New Zealand, and from overseas, gathered in Wellington on Tuesday 30 August 2011 for a Drug Policy Symposium organised by NZ Drug Foundation and NZ Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence.
The purpose of the Symposium was to focus the attention of policy makers and funders on ways to develop a high quality addiction treatment system that gets more people into treatment and retains those who are already in it.
Speakers include Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne, and one-time Deputy Drug Czar to the Obama Administration Professor Tom McLellan.
Here is the programme outline with links to presentations:
Ross Bell, Executive Director, New Zealand Drug Foundation
Hon Peter Dunne, Associate Minister of Health
“Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.” – Gian Carlo Menotti
Professor Tom McLellan, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Solutions, University of Pennsylvania
Powerpoint: Moving healthcare from addiction to substance use disorders.pdf (PDF, 1.3 MB) (1.3Mb)
Professor Doug Sellman, Director, National Addiction Centre, University of Otago
Powerpoint: Re-imagining addiction treatment.pdf (PDF, 836 KB) (.6Mb)
“Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.”
– Thomas Edison
Peter Kennerley, Team Leader for Addiction Treatment Services, Ministry of Health
Dr Lynne Lane, Executive Chair Commissioner, Mental Health Commission
“When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.” – Chinese proverb
Brenda Wraight, Director, Health Workforce New Zealand
Ian MacEwan, Executive Director, Addiction Practitioners’ Association, Aotearoa-New Zealand
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan,
but also believe.” – Anatole France
Julian Buchanan, Associate Professor, Institute of Criminology, Victoria University
Tim Harding, Chief Executive, Care NZ
A recording of each session is available:
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