The Event

Injecting-related harms is the focus of a one-day Colloquium in Melbourne hosted by the Centre for Research Excellence into Injecting Drug Use (CREIDU).

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear from some very distinguished speakers working at the cutting edge of their fields.

Registrations are now open.

This is a free event but RSVP is required

Topics Covered

PART 1. Overdose and Naloxone

Keynote speaker: Professor John Strang, Head of the Addictions Department,  King’s College London, and Leader of the Addictions Clinical Academic Group of the Kings Health Partners AHSC (Academic Health Science Centre).

Professor Strang has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in addictions treatment for over 30 years at the Trust. He has extensive experience as a Lead Clinician in charge of a wide range of treatments in community and residential settings.  His research interests include setting up supervised injecting clinics for people who inject drugs who cannot otherwise be engaged in treatment and the investigation of new approaches to preventing drug-overdose deaths.

Other speakers include:

Nicole Wiggins  from the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy

Carrie Fowlie from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Association ACT, speaking about the naloxone program in the ACT

Roland Jauernig from the Victorian Department of Health who will provide an insight into plans in Victoria for better management of overdose.

PART 2. Safer using and injecting related injury and disease

Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Ingrid van Beek AM. A/Prof van Beek holds specialist qualifications in addiction medicine and public health medicine, and is the Director of Sydney's Kirketon Road Centre, a primary health care facility involved in the prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections among ‘at risk’ young people, sex workers and people who inject drugs. Ingrid was also the founding medical director of Australia's first medically supervised injecting centre.

Other speakers include:

Jenny Kelsall from Harm Reduction Victoria, and

Kaspian Fitzpatrick and Emily Carey from Healthworks at the Western Region Health Centre, who will provide a community health perspective

Who Should Attend?

  • Researchers
  • Community Workers
  • Policy Makers
  • Practitioners
  • Consumers 
  • Interested community members


9am. Registration

9.30am Start

1pm Close & Lunch

Date & Time

Tuesday 23 July 2013


This is a free event. Registration required.


AMREP Lecture Theatre AMREP courtyard, between Burnet Institute and Baker IDI
AMREP Lecture Theatre
Commercial Road


Please contact Amy Kirwan to register your interest:


  • Portrait

    Nicole Wiggins

    • Manager
    • Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)