“This conference is above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined; I have developed excellent contacts and have a fresh direction in my approach to my work.”

– Feedback from delegate to Anex Australian Drugs Conference

Penington Institute’s conferences and seminars draw professionals from across the health and drug services sector to share their insights and research about current and emerging issues.

Conferences are also attended by law enforcement bodies, drug prevention, treatment organisations and other community groups enabling stakeholders to collaborate in developing lasting change in the way we tackle problematic drug use in the community.

Our conferences are highly regarded for their relevance and always focus on cutting edge issues.

Our events provide valuable opportunities to expand knowledge and networks, with programs that are highly regarded for their relevance and range, presented by experts in their fields.

2019 Seminars

Public forum on pregabalin (Lyrica®) – 14th June 2019

Lyrica®: Filling a pain fap or emerging threat? Penington institute recently hosted a public information forum with experts speakers discussing pregabalin (sold as Lyrica®). Subsidised as an antiepileptic and to treat neuropathic pain, prescriptions rates have increased dramatically in recent years, along with reports of harms relating to use. Dr Shaun Greene (Austin Health) Dr Rose Crossin (Penington Institute) and Melanie Walker (AIVL) discussed the uses, benefits, risks and harms of pregabalin, and what can be done to ensure those who need it can continue to access while minimising the harms.

To watch the videos view the playlist.

Pill testing public forum – 8th February 2019

Pill testing – life saver or false comfort? Penington Institute recently hosted a public information forum with specialist experts to air the pros and cons of pill testing. The forum included three expert speakers, Adrianna Buccianti, Dr David Caldicott (Calvary Hospital, Canberra) and Andrew Leibie (Safe Work Laboratories). The forum investigated the different methods that could be utilised for pill testing, the technology available and the potential benefits or disadvantages of drug checking at music festivals.

To watch the videos view the playlist.


2018 Seminars

Fentanyl Seminar – 13th February, 2018

Continuing our leading role in workforce development, training, and support, our first seminar for 2018 was an in-depth exploration of “Fentanyl: What do you know?”. A full house gained insight from clinical toxicologist and emergency physician Dr Shaun Greene and Ambulance Victoria intensive care paramedic Alan Eade.
Follow these links to view the introduction by Crios O’Mahony, and presentations by speakers Dr. Shaun Greene and Alan Eade.

Hepatitis C and Needle and Syringe Programs Seminar – 23rd May, 2018

Attendees at this Penington Institute seminar heard about the importance of NSP workers in supporting their clients to get tested and treated for hepatitis C.

The seminar was attended by frontline staff from organisations including NSPs, hospitals, community health centres, research organisations, government agencies, at home nursing and universities.  Speakers included specialist nurse practitioners, a prescribing doctor, an NSP manager, a person with lived experience of hepatitis C, researchers, and staff from Penington Institute.

To watch the videos view the playlist.

For all conference and seminar enquiries please contact: Anna Rolle, Administration and Project Officer –

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