cutting edge conference

Cutting Edge 2017 - Addiction is Everybody's Business                                                 

 7-9 September, Te Papa, Wellington

The annual Cutting Edge provides an excellent opportunity for addiction practitioners, academics, policy makers, government agencies, social services and the broader addiction sector to network, gain fresh inspiration, and learn more about innovative thinking and practice in addiction intervention. It is hosted by dapaanz in partnership with Matua Raki (the national centre for addiction workforce development), Health Promotion Agency and Ministry of Health. It begins this year on 6 september with pre-confernce hui and fono and ends on Saturday 9 September with skills-based half-day workshops. Go to conference website or view the conference flyer

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Confirmed Speakers

Dr Arthur C Evans, Recently appointed as CEO of American Psycholgist Association (start date 20 March 2017). Currently, Health Commissioner, Philadelphia,USA where he has one agenda: to transform the city’s entire system so that it focuses on recovery for adults, resilience for children, and self-determination for all people who access intellectual disability services.


Dr Seema Clifasefi, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Harm Reduction Research and Treatment Center at University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center’s School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. USA. Dr Clifasefi’s research lies at the intersection between substance use, mental health, criminal justice and housing policy, with an emphasis on populations with lived experience of homelessness, substance use and/or involvement in the criminal justice system.


Dr Jamie Berry, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director for Advanced Neuropsychological Treatment Services, Sydney, AUS. Dr Berry is a senior clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in neuropsychological assessment, treatment / intervention and teaching / training.


Jeanette Grace, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Toa Rangatira and Ngati Koata is Dean of Te Wananga Maori at Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Porirua, NZ. She has a background in Mental Health and Addictions and Indigenous Training and Education and has served on a number of Boards, including past Chair of Ngati Koata Trust, Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Te Mana Whakahaere o Te Wananga o Raukawa and is currently on the Te Wananga o Raukawa Foundation. Jeanette was key in the establishment of the Toa Waka ama Club and is currently Club President. She is grateful for the support of her children, grandchildren and wider whānau members.


David Hanna, Director of Wesley Community Action, National team member Inspiring Communities and Director Partner for Outcomes Aotearoa, NZA common theme in David's work is seeking a more socially just world with an emergent appreciation of the need to privilege the ‘voice' of the person or group seeking the change. Projects he has lead include; development of Government Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy, for the World Bank in Eastern Europe on youth participation, leading New Zealand's youth development strategy, championing community-led development in local communities across NZ and partnering with both the Mongrel Mob and Black Power to run leadership development programmes.


 Partners, Sponsors and Exhibitors

To find out how your organisation or business can get involved see our Partner and Exhibitor Prospectus 

For more information, please contact:
Lu Budden
Conference Organiser
+64 4 479 4162



Key Partners