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Synthetic Opioid Masterclass

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) is delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming ASPI Synthetic Opioid Masterclass.

The ASPI Synthetic Opioid Masterclass is a unique one-day intensive event that will provide participants with a detailed strategic understanding of the nuanced viewpoints on the social, medical, law enforcement policy challenges of synthetic opioid addiction.

Participants will learn from, and debate, specialists with deep knowledge and diverse perspectives of opioid supply and demand reduction and harm minimisation. The Masterclass will explore what Australia can learn from the United States and Canadian opioid crises that have resulted in hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths over the last decade. The event will also provide deep knowledge of the current dimensions of synthetic opioid use in Australia, and critically evaluate through discussion current policy settings. With an exceptionally diverse range of subject matter experts, this event will open discussion on how Australia ought to be preparing for its next drug crisis.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Senator Kristina Keneally, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate; Shadow Minister for Home Affairs; Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship; and Senator for New South Wales
  • Sen. Vernon White, International Visiting Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Dr John Coyne, Head of Strategic Policing and Law Enforcement & Head of the North and Australia’s Security, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Dr James Rowe, Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT University
  • Shane Jackson, CEO, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Shane Neilson, Head of Determination, Drugs Intelligence Hub, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
  • Dr Alex Wodak, Visiting Fellow, Kirby Institute, UNSW; and President, Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation
  • John Ryan, CEO, The Penington Institute
  • Nick Kaldas, Ex-Deputy Commissioner, NSW Police
  • Deputy Commissioner Neil Guaghan, Operations, AFP
  • Hannah Smith, Researcher, Australian Strategic Policy Institute
  • Jennifer Bechwati, Political Reporter, Chanel Seven
  • Deputy Commissioner Karl Kent, Transnational Serious and Organised Crime Coordinator, Australian Federal Police
  • Lisa Studdert, Deputy Secretary, Population Health, Sport and Aged Care Royal Commission Taskforce, Department of Health

A drinks and canape reception will conclude the event.