What are some of the unmet health needs for people that use drugs, that exacerbate or even cause drug harm? What is the therapeutic potential of psychedelics and how can we harness it? What steps are others taking towards preventing overdose that we need to consider here in Aotearoa as overdose fatalities grow? What health needs aren’t being met for people labelled ‘drug-seeking’ by their health practitioners?
Together with the Cross-Party Group for Mental Health and Addiction, we invite you to be part of the conversation on how we can work together to reduce drug harm at the 2023 NZ Drug Foundation Parliamentary Symposium.
We’re bringing together a powerful line-up of speakers who will share practical, evidence-based solutions and ideas, and ask what is needed to address unmet health needs and build political agreement. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
9:00am Mihi whakatau
10:00am Opening address
Chair: Tuari Potiki, Chairperson, NZ Drug Foundation
Keynote speakers: Sione Crawford, CEO of Harm Reduction Victoria and Arild Knutsen, Leader of the Association for Humane Drug Policies, Norway
10:30am Panel: Unmet health needs
Chair: Sarah Helm, Executive Director NZ Drug Foundation.
Suzanne Cookson, Chief Executive, ADHD NZ
Michelle Petricevich, Te Ara Oranga & Clinical Team Manager, Te Whatu Ora
Isra Morris, Community Activator, NZ Drug Foundation
Kelly Feng, Chief Executive for Asian Family Services
Jacqui Dillon, GM – Brand Innovation & Income, Auckland City Mission
Tricia Walsh, Lived Experience
11:30am Innovation pitch: Anna Christophorou, Speed Freaks
11:40am Panel: Unmet needs for Māori
Chair: Gilbert Taurua
Billy Macfarlane, General Manager, Tikanga Aroro Charitable Trust
Dr Hinemoa Elder, MNZM, Psychiatrist
Haehaetu Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, Lifewise
Aroha Metcalf, General Manager Oranga Hinengaro, Te Aka Whai Ora
Ngaire Smith, Lived Experience.
12:30pm Innovation pitch: Billy Macfarlane, Tikanga Aroro Charitable Trust
1:15pm Panel: Psychedelics as new therapeutic interventions and medicines
Short 5 min presentations each followed by a conversation led by Russell Brown
Chair: Russell Brown
2:15pm Overdose prevention keynote: Scottish Drug Deaths, Kirsten Horsburgh, CEO, Scottish Drugs Forum
Followed by a short presentation on New Zealand's overdose fatalities by Emily Hughes, Principal Science Advisor, NZ Drug Foundation
3:00pm Coffee break
3:15pm Reflections and perspectives from The Cross-Party Group for Mental Health and Addiction
This group was launched at Parliament on 28 August 2019, and includes an MP from each party in Parliament. Speaking: Arena Williams (Labour) Chlöe Swarbrick (Green Party), Matt Doocey (National Party) and Mark Cameron (ACT Party).
4:00pm Practical workshop: Learn to identify and respond to an overdose
4:30pm Panel discussion: Barriers to healthcare for people with addiction or otherwise labelled ‘drug-seeking’
Chair: Ben Birks Ang, Deputy Director NZ Drug Foundation.
5:00pm Closing Address: Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare
5.30pm - 7:00pm Canapes & an address from Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand in celebration of New Years Honours recipients Lotta Dann MNZM and Wendy Allison MNZM
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