Dr David Jacka
Dr David Jacka has worked in the area of public health for numerous years and in Alcohol and Illicit Drug misuse and Harm Reduction since 1993. From 2006 to 2012, David worked with the World Health Organization as a drug treatment specialist and advisor on HIV prevention programming for IDU and other risk groups in Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. He also assisted in the writing of guidelines and training materials on assessment and treatment for users of illicit drugs in the Asian region. David’s areas of interest include acute illicit stimulant intoxication, improved methadone, buprenorphine and other opiate prescribing and the development of improved health and NSP services for people who inject drugs.
A/Prof Nico Clark
Addiction Medicine Physician
A/Prof Nico Clark is an addiction medicine physician, Head of the Addiction Medicine Service at Royal Melbourne Hospital and Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Injecting Room/AOD Programme at North Richmond Community Health. He trained in Medicine at Melbourne University, Public Health at Monash University, and has been working in the Addiction Field for 25 years. His research doctorate focused on alternatives to methadone for the treatment of opioid dependence, including the use of buprenorphine. He has worked for the World Health Organization in the Management of Substance Abuse team in Geneva and as Clinical Director of Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre at DASSA - University of Adelaide.