Friday April 29th, 2016
Keynote speaker: Professor Ann Roche, Director National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Flinders University, Australia.
The conference addressed a number of salient issues including: the increasing professionalisation of the work force in the substance use field; what is meant by work force development (e.g. capacity, capability, skills); the need to consider the individual worker, the organisation and the wider treatment system; worker welfare and issues such as ‘burn out’; the political, economic and social influences on work force development; ‘where we have been, where we are, and where we are going’.
Two key note speakers discussed the challenges and national level responses:
- Keynote speaker – Prof. Ann Roche: Identifying & overcoming the complexities and conundrum of workforce development | Download PDF
- Keynote speaker – George Burton: What’s this thing called workforce development? A Scottish perspective | Download PDF
Four paper then discussed: The Changing face of the ‘addiction workforce’:
- Dr Kosta Agath: Addiction specialist doctors: An endangered species | Download PDF
- Prof. Sarah Galvani: Swimming against the tide? Social work & substance use | Download PDF
- Dr Christopher Whiteley: The contribution of applied psychologists to recovery oriented substance misuse treatment systems | Download PDF
- Dr Carmel Clancy & Mike Flanagan: Addiction nursing: a case for safeguarding? | Download PDF
Read the article: “Workforce Development: False Economies”, DDN Drink and Drug News, May 2016