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A Clinical Researcher’s Journey through Australia’s Cannabis Policy: Past, Present and Future Technology-based Interventions

June 9, 2017

About the Presentation: Dr. Copeland will briefly describe the history of the development of Australia’s unique public health approach to cannabis related issues for evidence-based community information, research translation and development of a range of technology-based interventions on telephone, web-based and smartphone applications. The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) was closed when the Australian government legalised medicinal cannabis at the end of 2016. Dr. Copeland’s ongoing and new projects, including a web-based intervention for school students with cannabis-related discipline issues and a program for young cannabis users with psychotic experiences, will be outlined.

About the Presenter: (Hon) Professor Jan Copeland (PhD) was the sole and founding Director of the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCIP) at UNSW Australia 2007-2016. She is now Director of Cannabis Information and Support, her own research dissemination and training project. Her research and research translation work has included 14 clinical trials. She has more than 335 publications including lead author of Quitting Cannabis (Allen & Unwin) and SBIRT clinical training manual Marijuana Brief Intervention (Hazelden Publishing).  Her research and translation work has attracted more than $AUS44M in funding support. She is an Associate Editor of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment among other journal editorial roles. Jan has received a number of awards for her contribution to drug-related treatment, public health and community education.