Presented by Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) with Supporting Partner the Ted Noffs Foundation.

When: 2 – 4 May 2011
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, Victoria.
Who should go: Anyone concerned with the health and welfare of young people and the impact of alcohol and drug use on them.

The United Nations is adding their support to the 6th International conference on Drugs and Young People: Making the Connections, which is being organised by the Australian Drug Foundation and will be held in Melbourne on 2-4 May 2011.

“Given it’s currently National Youth Week, we are pleased to have the United Nations recognise this conference as supporting their International Year of Youth activities,” said CEO Australian Drug Foundation, John Rogerson.

Keynote speeches include:

  1. Promoting strengths and Reducing Risks in children and youth:  Recent Research findings and strategies for building Resiliency.
    Dr Kim Schonert-Reichl, associate professor, faculty of education, University of British Columbia, Canada
  2. Young people leading the drug policy revolution.
    Aram Barra is representing a global network of young people working on drug policy and HIV/AIDS.

Other research findings presented at the conference will cover various topics including:
• Australian adolescents talk about alcohol energy drinks
• Schoolies Week patterns of drug use and risk taking
• Social networking and binge drinking
• Parenting strategies for alcohol and other drugs
• School alcohol education: what works?
• Alcohol Sponsorship in Community Sport and
• mull hypothesis findings.

This conference is an important opportunity to explore and share the latest research, practice and debate. 

The theme of “Making the Connections” reflects the importance of:

  1. Understanding the complexity and interaction of factors influencing young people
  2. The opportunity for diverse sectors to meet and exchange knowledge and expertise
  3. The role of social media and technology and its potential role
  4. Recognising and celebrating the role that young people themselves are playing in addressing drug use in the community.

If you are interested in more information visit the Australian Drug Foundation. 

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: Australian Drug Foundation.