Sleep and substance use: Effects, assessment and interventions

In this workshop, we will introduce key topics to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of sleep in relation to AOD use and mood disturbance.


Tuesday 22 October 2019
9:30am - 4:30pm


Turning Point
110 Church St
Richmond, VIC 3121

$220 (payable by credit card only)


Alcohol and other drug (AOD) and mental health clients often experience difficulties sleeping and many drugs are known to negatively impact upon sleep. In this workshop, we will introduce key topics to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of sleep in relation to AOD use and mood disturbance. The workshop will be interactive comprising theoretical and practical components.

Topics include: 

  • Why sleep is important
  • Sleep architecture
  • Assessment of sleep
  • Sleep and substance use
  • Sleep disorders and other co-morbid conditions
  • Pharmacological interventions
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Psychological treatment for insomnia


Dr Vanessa Smithies, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Turning Point Eastern Health

Dr Smithies has experience working across a range of health settings, including hopsital, tertiary mental health services, and community health. Vanessa's role in the Neuropsychology Clinic at Turning Point includes conducting assessments and providing strategies and treatment planning recommendations for clients who present with AOD issues. Vanessa is a published scientific researcher, having completed a doctoral thesis examining the effects of substance use on sleep and cognition; and an honours thesis examing the effects of MDMA/ecstasy neurotoxicity in animals. Vanessa has presented at national and international conferences and workshops.

Dr Rowan Ogeil, NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellow, Monash University and Turning Point

Following completion of his PhD at Monash in 2012 examining the drug MDMA “ecstasy” on sleep and circadian rhythms, Dr Ogeil began working at Turning Point in 2013 as part of the Population Health team. Rowan was awarded a prestigious early career fellowship by the NHMRC beginning in 2014 to study the links between sleep and addiction. He has published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals related to sleep and addiction research, and has presented his work at 15 national and international meetings.

Dr Moira Junge

Dr Moira Junge is a registered Health Psychologist with over twenty years experience. She works clinically as well as being involved in research projects. She is a volunteer board director for the Sleep Health Foundation. She is also a lecturer part-time at Monash University, Clayton, in the undergraduate psychology program. Her areas of expertise include insomnia, sleep health, narcolepsy and adjustment to illness. She is a media spokesperson for sleep issues and is actively involved with educating other health professionals about the importance of sleep and non-drug treatment approaches to sleeping difficulties.

Further details

Who should register?

This one day introductory workshop is designed for clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals who work within AOD or mental health services.


 A light lunch including a vegetarian selection is provided.

Getting to Turning Point

Turning Point is located at 110 Church Street, on the corner of Church Street and Tweedie Place. Entrance is via the front of the building, to the right of the Skoda car dealership. Please take the lift to the first floor and visit reception.

Public transport
  • Tram 78 on Church Street
  • Tram 109 on Victoria Parade (about a 5 min walk to 110 Church Street)
  • Tram 75 on Bridge Rd (about a 7 min walk to 110 Church Street)
Car parking

There is very limited 2 hour street parking available in the area. All day parking is available in:

  1. Shelley Street, Richmond (between Butler and Elizabeth Streets) -about 1km walk to Church St (about $10/day).
  2. Coles Richmond Plaza (actual address is 261 Bridge Rd, entry is by Cameron St, off Church St) (about $16/day). About an 8 minute walk or catch the No 78 tram from corner of Bridge Rd/Church St (stop 61). Alight at Tweedie Pl/Church St (Stop 63). NB: Stop 63 is also the stop for the Melbourne Clinic -we are on the same side of Church Street as Melbourne Clinic across Tweedie Place.
  3. 459 Church Street, Richmond (about $16/day). About a 20 min walk or catch the No 78 tram which leaves from stop 55 (Adelaide St). Alight at Tweedie Pl/Church Street (Stop 63).

Cancellation policy

If your circumstances change and you no longer can attend this event after you have registered please email no later than one (1) week prior to the event to cancel and/or be issued with a full refund. A refund will not be issued if notification has not been received within this time frame and you will be required to pay for the event.


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