We are very pleased to announce the date of our Annual Conference taking place next year on the 26th May 2022. The theme of the Conference will be ‘complexity’; often people who use drugs have complex health and social care needs, and the system which is supposed to support these individuals, is made up of a complex health and social care structure. The day will include presentations from four keynote speakers from across the field (details below), as well as smaller research bite sessions and networking opportunities.
Prof Bruce Wallace
Professor Wallace is a scientist within the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and an associate professor with the University of Victoria’s School of Social Work. His research focuses on substance use and harm reduction, poverty and homelessness, and access to health care. Bruce has many years of community-based research in Canada, employing health equity and social justice approaches to his work. Projects he as been involved with include analysis of the implementation and impacts of the novel overdose prevention sites established in Victoria, and a drug checking pilot project and evaluation.
Prof Gail Gilchrist
Professor Gilchrist is a Professor in Addictions Healthcare Research at Kings College London. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between substance use and mental health, intimate partner abuse and blood borne viruses, and developing and testing interventions to address these co-occurring issues.
Prof Keith Humphreys
Professor Humphreys is an Esther Ting Memorial Professor at Stanford University, who researches individual and societal level interventions for substance use and psychiatric disorders. He focuses on evaluating the outcomes of professionally-administered treatments and peer-operated groups, as well as analysing the impact of public policies relating to substance use, mental health, public health and public safety.
Mr Mat Southwell
Mat is an experienced drugs practitioner, has lived experience of substance use, and is a consultant for the International Drug Policy Consortium focusing on advocacy. Mat’s experience includes the founding of a pioneering community harm reduction team (Health Options Team), managing NHS drug services in East London, and has sat on the board of UNAIDS as a civil society representative.