General Information During the last Annual General meeting which took place in Gothenburg, on 10th September, the topics discussed and agreed were:Please take a look at the minutes of the AGM for more information.
90 participants from 18 different countries gathered together in Gothenburg during the 7th conference. Presentations and additional information have been uploaded in the conference site (see the digest section in this bulletin).
8th Annual Conference of INEBRIA
September 21-23, 2011
Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA
September 21st; Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) Implementation and Sustainability: Lessons from Large-Scale Efforts (Preconference)
September 22-23- New Frontiers: Translating Science to Enhance Health (INEBRIA Conference)
The Conference Website is already working. You can find the most updated information on the agenda and other issues there and in the flyer.
INEBRIA is in the process of reviewing its aims and objectives and so Niamh Fitzgerald spoke with INEBRIA’s current president Prof. Nick Heather, to find out more about the history of and original vision for the network. Here’s what she found out!
Where did INEBRIA come from? ‘INeBrIA’ was established as Phase IV of the WHO collaborative project on alcohol brief interventions came to an end in 2003. Key contributors at that time were Dr. Maristela Monteiro who came up with the catchy name of the network and Dr. Joan Colom who offered secretarial support from the health department of the Government of Catalonia which still continues today.
Importantly, the WHO Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse were supportive from the start and still allow INEBRIA to use the WHO logo for conferences. The history of the network is described further in the recent issue (LINK to be added) of Drug and Alcohol Review dedicated to INEBRIA’s 2009 conference.
Why was INEBRIA established? Over and above the contributions of the Phase IV project to evidence and implementation of brief interventions, it was recognised that the coming together of researchers and practitioners with a common interest in this approach had additional benefits including:
What now for INEBRIA? In looking at the aims and objectives, it may be worth thinking about how important these factors are for INEBRIA going forward. How can new members be supported to achieve the above benefits? INEBRIA is a friendly organisation, but what more can be done to build relationships in between annual conferences? This question will become more important as conferences are held all over the world, making it less likely that members will be able to attend every year.
What do you want from INEBRIA? Let us know at the bulletin and we will report back.
Niamh Fitzgerald, firstname.lastname@example.org
At the 2010 INEBRIA conference, key themes discussed were implementation of brief interventions and BI research in criminal justice, pharmacy and antenatal settings as well as internet-based. In this issue of the news bulletin we are highlighting aspects of three plenary presentations on implementation and will cover other aspects in later issues.
Siw Carlfjord discussed the science of implementation generally which is an increasing field. She reminded us that good ideas can take a long time to be implemented. Her own adapted theoretical model of the factors affecting how successfully an innovation will be implemented consists of four factors:
Sven Andreasson presented his thoughts on how brief interventions could be ‘institutionalised’ or mainstreamed into routine practice. He presented an interesting scale for determining the level of ‘institutionalisation’ of an innovation and emphasised 4 points he felt to be important:
Antoni Gual presented the Catalan ‘Beveu Menys’ (Drink Less) project and the strategies used in the project for implementation across primary healthcare in Catalonia. Key learning points about implementation were:
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