6th annual BC Substance Use Conference

From Idea to Implementation: Putting Evidence, Experience, and Ways of Knowing into Action

This year's conference will be held May 31 and June 1, 2024. To enable province-wide participation, we will be hosting a blended conference this year, with both virtual and in-person options for attendance. The in-person program will be held at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel.   

The conference theme this year is From Idea to Implementation: Putting Evidence, Experience, and Ways of Knowing into Action. We hope this theme will facilitate discussions focused on ways to implement new and innovative research, clinical guidance, and accumulating clinical and lived experience into an accessible, flexible, inclusive, equitable, and person-centred system of substance use care that is able to adjust to the rapidly evolving needs of people who use substances.

Specifically, the conference learning objectives include:

1. Identify approaches for implementing clinical guidance and public health programming that are responsive and tailored to a constantly shifting substance use landscape

2. Describe strategies to assess and implement novel substance use treatments and innovative practices

3. Describe emerging substance use research and strategies to advance substance use care, policy, programming, and advocacy

4. Demonstrate culturally safe and humble approaches to substance use care and research that improve health and social outcomes for Indigenous people who use substances

5. Practice person-centered strategies to engage people who use substances and their chosen families in the full spectrum of substance use care based on individual needs, goals, and preferences

Conference Dates and Times

  • Friday, May 31 from 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday June 1 from 7:45am - 5:00pm

Program Highlights

  • Keynotes
    • Dr. Jaris Swidrovich
    • Road to Recovery: Way Forward with a Province-Wide Network (Dr. Seonaid Nolan and a co-presenter with lived/living experience)
  • Research Focus
    • Decriminalization
    • Indigenous Engagement and Research
    • Aging out of Care
    • Partnering with Peers
  • Clinical Focus
    • Implementing Opioid Use Disorder Guidelines
    • Rural and Remote Withdrawal Management
    • Working with 2S/LGBTQ+ populations
    • Cannabis
    • Opioid Use Disorder in the Emergency Department
    • Best Practice in Alcohol Use Disorder Care
    • Correctional Settings and Transition
    • Stimulant Use Disorder
    • Role Changes for Pharmacists
    • Optimizing Recovery Sector Services
    • Clinical Judgment and Guidelines
    • Prescribed Safer Supply
    • Construction and the Service Industry
    • Anti-Racist Care in Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Focus
    • Attending to Intersecting Marginalization to Improve Substance Use Outcomes
    • Indigenous Harm Reduction

Plus sessions featuring non-didactic community led learning, a community/programs showcase, and a BCCSU fellows research showcase.

In-person registration includes: access to all concurrent streams, the virtual conference portal as well, and a light breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on both days.

Virtual registration includes: access to both days but limited to Stream A & B and the BCCSU fellows oral abstracts.

We aim to provide low-barrier costs for our education and training events. If this cost is a barrier for you to attend, please write to us at [email protected].

Call for Abstracts

To showcase the broad range of important work being done in the field of substance use care, oral and poster presentation opportunities are available to five key groups from across BC: Researchers and research teams within and beyond the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, Regional Health Authorities (RHA), non-profit organizations, and community groups.

In order to facilitate an appropriately inclusive representation of the experience, expertise, and innovation that informs developments in substance use care in BC, we have defined two distinctive categories for work presented at the conference:

1) Community/programmatic abstracts (e.g., based on reports, evaluations, quality improvement projects or other programs/initiatives conducted within a Regional Health Authority, Community Action Team, or other similar setting/type of work)

2) Research abstracts (e.g., based on a systematic study or project)

Abstract submission deadline: February 26, 2024 at 12pm PST

The call for abstracts is now open! Abstracts must be submitted by February 26 at 12pm PST via the online submission form. Prospective applicants will be prompted to select the category which best describes their work.

Call for Award Nominations

Each year, annual awards are presented at the conference to recognize members of the community who have made significant contributions to substance use care in BC. We welcome nominations using the online link found here. Nominations will be closing on March 4, 2024 for all awards except the Lifetime Achievement Award which closes March 15, 2024.

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