Robin Room is a sociologist who has directed alcohol and drug research centres in the United States, Canada, Sweden and now in his native Australia. He is a Professor at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne and also has an appointment at Stockholm University. Professor Room has been an adviser to the World Health Organization since 1975. His research is on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, drugs and gambling behaviour and problems, on social responses to alcohol and drug problems, and on the effects of policy changes.
Professor Paul Dietze is the Director of the Behaviours and Health Risks Program at the Burnet Institute. With over 20 years’ experience he is one of the leading researchers in the alcohol and other drug sector in Australia with an extensive history of significant and innovative research into the impact of alcohol and other drugs in the community. He has established significant work groups at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre and the Burnet Institute and collaborates widely with researchers from Australia and internationally. He has played a pivotal role in work examining drug overdose and responses since the late 1990s, including the development of WHO guidelines for the community management of opioid overdose in 2014.
Andrew Bruun (ADCW, BSW, Dip AOD Work, Hon Fellow, Dept Psychiatry, Uni of Melb) is Chief Executive Officer at YSAS, the Director of The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry. He has worked in the field of adolescent health as practitioner, educator and researcher since the mid-1980s. His special interest is in young people and families experiencing alcohol and drug-related problems and is committed to enabling service providers and policy makers to better understand and respond to their needs.
Dr Stephen Bright
Dr Stephen Bright has worked as a clinically-trained psychologist within the Mental Health & AOD field for the past 18 years. He is currently Senior Lecturer of Addiction at Edith Cowan University and Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute. Stephen is a strong advocate of harm reduction and an evidence-based approach to AOD legislation. He is also interested in the role of certain substances (entheogens) to facilitate spiritual experiences and their role in psychotherapy. He is vice-president Psychedelic Research In Science & Medicine (PRISM), a not-for-profit Australian charitable organisation that aims to facilitate, initiate and fund psychedelic science in Australia (www.prism.org.au). Through his role with PRISM, Stephen has co-authored papers in The Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and Drug & Alcohol Review to raise awareness among Australian academics and healthcare professionals of the international psychedelic science renascence. He also gave a Tedx Talk at the University of Melbourne last year.
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