12th Annual Harm Reduction Conference

DATES: May 22nd, & May 23rd, 2013
VENUE: The Coast Calgary Plaza Hotel

Moving to the Mainstream

About the conference

 Abstract Submission forms are
now being accepted until February 22nd, 2013



Information for abstract submission included in the submission form.
Please click below to download the form in Microsoft Word:

2013 Abstract Submission Form

The 12th Annual Harm Reduction Conference invites abstracts in the areas of: Housing, Rural/Remote Settings, Substance Use, and Political Will.


Harm reduction is not fringe work.  It is founded in ethics and sound, evidenced based research.  There are programs and services known as the obvious harm reduction programs but harm reduction need not be the property of some.  Any health care provider (or business owner or funding agency, etc.) can adopt a harm reduction approach, no matter what the setting.



Housing
  • Housing First Model.
  • Harm Reduction in Housing.


Ending homelessness in our regions will require a fundamentally different approach to the way homeless people are being served. This leads us to the housing first model. Housing first is a harm reduction method to that approaches the cycle of mental illness, substance use and homelessness. It starts with helping homeless people where they are at the moment. Housing first was developed in direct contrast to other approaches that require treatment first and a series of housing transitions before obtaining permanent housing.


Rurual/Remote Settings

  • Looking at unique settings.
  • Urban and rural working together.


We would like to look at the unique situations involved with harm reduction in the context of rural and remote areas. In rural areas, we still have substance use of course, but often there is more denial, plus more stigma and more barriers to service. It is our responsibility as a community to provide what people need, so they can get the help they need.


Substance Use

  • Wide range/examples of substance use (Steroids, inhalants, injection drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  • Review trends/history


We would like to hear experiential information from individuals who have experienced addictions first hand and would like to share useful information to others, or from service providers who are working in the broad field of addictions. The material could cover a variety of drug related issues, including information on drug usage, examples of substances (steroids, inhalants, injection drugs, alcohol, etc.), prevention and treatment programs, and other research findings. The variety of sources of information used to monitor the prevalence and trends regarding drug use in Alberta will also be relevant.


Political Will

  • Advocating for leadership in harm reduction policy.
  • Community engagement/Interpret from community level.
  • Needle exchange/Harm reduction buy-in practices.


Although we are moving harm reduction strategies to the mainstream, misconceptions of harm reduction as a valid medical practice and not just as enabling behavior exist. Bring forward community engagement strategies to bring politicians on board and engage the community.