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UNSW staffer nabs Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine 2015 Trainee Award

UNSW Rural Clinical School staffer Dr Patricia Collie was recently awarded the 2015 Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine (AChAM) Essay Prize. Here's what she had to say:

I was fortunate to receive the AChAM Essay Prize for this year, which was kindly funded by AChAM, through the RACP Foundation. This enabled me to attend the International Medicine in Addiction Conference held in Melbourne in March.

This unique conference is co-convened by three Colleges – the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners – allowing a diversity of input that enhanced the content and provided perspectives on management from a broad range of clinicians.

Each of the three days was centred on a theme – alcohol, prescription drugs and emerging drugs and their management. The speakers came from both clinical and research backgrounds, allowing a blend of opinions, research and ideas. Leaders in the field from overseas such as Professor David Nutt, Dr Andrew Kolodny and Dr Adam Winstock provided a global overview of current issues and trends in drug and alcohol use. The presence of the Victorian Coroner and sports physicians broadened the discussion.

This conference directly related to my training in addiction medicine and provided an opportunity to enhance my learning and networks with colleagues. I plan to attend the next conference and hope that it will be as informative and enjoyable.

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