On behalf of the Mental Health Commission and the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies, welcome to the Western Australian Drug and Alcohol Conference Leading the Way: Embracing New Opportunities in Alcohol and Other Drug Sector to be held on the 20-21 March 2018 at the Novotel Langley Perth, Western Australia.

The Conference builds on the success of previous Western Australian alcohol and other drug symposia and conferences including The Road Ahead: Challenges, Change and Consolidation in 2014 and Making it Happen: Improving Services through Collaboration in 2012.

This Conference will bring together international, national and local speakers to present on alcohol and other drug-related policy, prevention, harm reduction, criminal justice, research, prevention and treatment.

Leading the Way: Embracing New Opportunities in Alcohol and Other Drug Sector will provide numerous opportunities for professional networking, collaboration, discussion and debate around the themes of the Conference.

Host Organisations


Mental Health Commission

The Mental Health Commission is responsible for planning and purchasing mental health, alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia. The Commission does not provide direct mental health services, but purchase services for the State from a range of providers including public Health Service Providers, a wide range of non-government organisations and private service providers.

On July 1, 2015 the Commission amalgamated with the Drug and Alcohol Office to deliver an integrated approach to helping people with mental health, drug and alcohol problems, recognising that these problems commonly coexist. The new organisation, called the Mental Health Commission, is now responsible for the network of drug and alcohol treatment services and programs formerly provided and/or purchased by the Drug and Alcohol Office. https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/


Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA)

Established in 1984, the Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (WANADA) is an independent, membership-driven not-for-profit organisation that takes a 'whole-of-community' approach to alcohol and other drug issues.

WANADA is governed by an elected Board comprising delegates drawn from its membership. WANADA employs a small team of paid staff and is funded by members and both state and federal governments. http://www.wanada.org.au/

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Conference Organising Committee

Jill Rundle Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
Judi Stone Mental Health Commission
Maree Stallard Western Australian Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies
Sharene Kocsis Mental Health Commission
Carol Daws Cyrenian House
Sheila McHale Palmerston Association Inc
Angela Corry Western Australian Substance Users Association Inc
Christine Ockenfels Holyoake
Angie Paskevicius Holyoake
Shaun Mays Mission Australia
Jeanine Lumsden The Salvation Army, Western Australia Division
Daniel Morrison Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service
Susan Alarcon Next Step Drug and Alcohol Services, Mental Health Commission