Conference: Breaking the cycle of Addiction related Stigma – attitudes, beliefs, language & behaviours – 10th February 2023

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Conference on Stigma: 

Breaking the cycle of Addiction related Stigma – attitudes, beliefs, language & behaviours

 On Friday 10th February 2023 from 10am – 4pm (registration from 9.15am)

in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois


This Conference is being organised and funded by the Midland Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (MRDATF) & HSE CADS (Community Alcohol & Drug Service).

The overall aim of the event is to highlight the damaging effect of stigmatising language and attitudes to those who experience addiction.  It also aims to break down the myths and misconceptions around addiction.  As service providers, by acting together we can begin to breakdown and challenge stigma with the fundamental aim of enabling more people to seek help or access the vital treatment and support services they need to maintain their safety and recovery from addiction.


Guest Speakers to include:

  • Dr Garrett McGovern, MB. BCh. BAO (T.C.D.), MSc. (Clinical Addiction, King’s College London) CISAM (Addiction Medicine), Clinical Lead HSE Addiction Services, Midlands Louth/Meath – CHO8.
  • Professor Adam R Winstock, MD MRCP MRCPsych FAChAM, Director Global Drug Survey, Consultant Psychiatrist & Addiction Medicine Specialist, Honorary Clinical Professor, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London.
  • Detective Garda Gary Dunne, An Garda Síochána, Project Office, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Dublin.


If you wish to attend the Conference please complete and submit the attached booking form to the MRDATF office email: teresa.murphy8@hse.ie or post to MRDATF, Athlone Health Centre, Coosan Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath, N37 W275.  Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 7th February 2023.   You will be contacted by email to confirm your place on the conference.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


If you require further information re the Conference please contact Antoinette Kinsella, Co-ordinator MRDATF email: Antoinette.kinsella1@hse.ie or tel: 086 3800517 or Fran Byrne, Manager Addiction Service, Midlands Louth/Meath CHO email: Fran.byrne@hse.ie or tel: 086 3802612

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