3rd International Conference on Drugs and Young People (3DYP Conf)
Venue: AJC Convention Centre
|Event Date/Time: May 13, 2002||End Date/Time: May 15, 2002|
|Registration Date: May 08, 2002|
|Abstract Submission Date: Dec 07, 2002|
Drug use has been steadily increasing across the Western world in recent years and shows signs of increasing in the less developed countries. In Australia the growing prevalence of illegal drug use, the enduring popularity of licit drugs, and a declining age of initiation for many drugs poses acute dilemmas for everyone concerned for the wellbeing of young people. Should our energy and resources be directed towards arresting the apparent ‘nornalisation’ of drug use, or are policy makers and practitioners better advised to try to limit the harms resulting from heavy or chronic use? Are there other alternatives, and what are the most promising options? The 3rd International Conference on Drugs & Young People will enable professionals, policy makers and others interested in youth, education, health, welfare, justice, and law enforcement to meet together to discuss those questions, to share their ideas, and to discover new possibilities for the future.
To lead those discussions and investigations we are delighted to welcome a group of speakers who are leaders in the domains of drug prevention, drug treatment, drug policy health promotion and youth affairs from all corners of the world. Our guests include Dr Marsha Rosenbaum of the Drug Policy Centre, USA; Ms Sheila Henderson, an independent consultant on adolescent drug use in Britain; Mr George Kalarritis of KETHEA (Therapy Centre for Dependent Individuals) in Greece; Mr Spencer So of the KELY Support Group in the Hong Kong province of China; Professor Sally Casswell of the University of Auckland in New Zealand; Ms Leilani Pearce of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Dr Ingrid Van Beek of the Kirketon Road Centre, Sydney, and Dr John Howard of the Ted Noffs Foundation, Sydney.
We appreciate immensely the assistance provided by our Major Collaborating Partner, the Ted Noffs Foundation, our Sponsoring Organisations, the Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs and the Government of New South Wales. We value enormously the help provided by the many Collaborating Organisations: the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand, the KELY Support Group of China, the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Council (South Australia), the New South Wales Commission for Children and Young People, the National Drug Research Institute, the Centre for Adolescent Health, the Youth Substance Abuse Service, the Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre, the Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, and the International Harm Reduction Association.
It is vital that the voice of young people is heard at this gathering and young people will play an important role as presenters, panellists, rapporteurs, and evaluators of the conference.
We hope you will join the participants from all corners of the globe at the 3rd International Conference on Drugs & Young People in Sydney in May 2002, as it promises to be a most rewarding and exciting experience
Centre for Youth Drug Studies
Australian Drug Foundation