The Action on Alcohol Flagship Group contracted Fruitbowl Productions to manage a conference of 200 delegates held on Thursday 23 July at the Karralyka Centre.

The services Fruitbowl Productions offered include:

  • Attend monthly conference committee meetings (take minutes and distribute)
  • Liaise with conference venue regarding requirements I.e. Audio Visual, catering, room layout / seating
  • Manage budget in conjunction with committee (source quotes)
  • Manage conference speaker requirements
  • Call for papers and coordinate abstracts (collect speaker bios, collate all papers and panel abstracts / circulate)
  • Assist with the coordination of the overall conference program.
  • Assist with the coordination of registrations and distribution of information to confirmed delegates.
  • Assist with conference promotion and marketing (communication with target organisations)

The conference aimed to showcase key research into alcohol supply and related harms, identify challenges faced by those who seek to reduce the availability and impact of alcohol, suggest prevention and regulatory strategies that can reduce the harm caused by alcohol and outline how stakeholders can influence the availability and misuse of alcohol.

The 150 delegates included statutory planners, councilors, policy officers, education professionals, Victoria Police members, Liquor Licensees, state and local government representatives, social planners and community/ public health practitioners.

Over the one day conference, speakers examined Victoria’s liquor licensing and planning legislation, regulatory frameworks and strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm. Speakers included Victoria Police Inspectors, University lecturers, solicitors and representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre.

Hosted by Shane Varcoe, the program consisted of an opening session of “Setting the Scene/ How do things stand, followed by the second session “All About Planning”. After a lunch break a Panel session moderated by Iain Butterworth discussed “Manufacturing Consensus”. The Conference finished with a wrap up of the sessions and panel findings with delegates concluding the conference of where to from here?