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Working with the New Substance Addiction Act

Working with the New Substance Addiction Act
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The Substance Abuse (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 (SACAT) comes into force on 21 February 2018. The Act establishes a regime for compulsory assessment and treatment of people with severe substance addictions whose capacity to consent to treatment for that addiction is severely impaired in order to restore capacity to the point where a patient can undertake voluntary treatment. SACAT replaces the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Act 1966.

The presenters will explain the criteria for compulsory treatment and severe substance addiction, and take you through a step-by-step breakdown of the new steps of assessment, treatment and judicial review.

Topics covered will include:

  • Principles of the Act
  • Criteria for compulsory treatment
  • The three processes
    – application
    – assessment
    – treatment
  • Powers and rights under the Act
  • How the new Act differs from the old Act.

Learning objectives

After this webinar you will:

  • Understand the new statutory framework.
  • Appreciate challenges that may arise in practice.
  • Know where to access further information and resources.

Who should attend

All lawyers working in family, criminal, mental health, community, disability and medical law. Providers of alcohol and drug services and other medical professionals will also benefit.

Materials / Technical Specs

A background booklet written by the presenters will be sent to participants before the webinar. For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here


Via the internet, you will see and hear the presenters, see the PowerPoint slides and be able to type in questions.


  • Professor Kate Diesfeld, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
  • Barry Wilson, Barrister, Auckland
  • His Honour Judge P J Recordon, Manukau District Court, Auckland

Fee (Incl GST)


Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here


  • Webinar - 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Registration closes - 3.00pm, Monday 19 February 2018

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Webinar 20 February
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.


Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

Cancellation and refund policy

Since the webinar is available to registrants as an archive after the live presentation, there is no cancellation – we just transfer your user status as a registrant from the live presentation to a purchaser of the webinar package of recorded webinar, PowerPoints and booklet.

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