K10. Raj Boyjoonauth – Advocating globally to shape policy and strengthen addiction nursing’s influence: A personal account

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Advocating globally to shape policy and strengthen addiction nursing’s influence: A personal account


Through the course of my career as an addictions nurse, manager, trainer and policy maker, I have had the opportunity of working at local, national and international level. This presentation will focus in particular on the important role of the nurse and their opportunity to influence on the global stage drawing on my own personal journey and observations of the way nurses work internationally. My aim will be to demystify international working and encourage nurses to take an interest in international work by explaining how nurses can contribute to the UN/WHO Sustainable Goal Developments (SGD) towards 2030 which intersect with addiction and public health concerns.


Raj Boyjoonauth, RN, Master Trainer for UNODC Treatnet Project
Raj Boyjoonauth comes from a health professional background, trained as a nurse in the 70’s. He has occupied several senior management posts in the NHS, his last post being as the Deputy Director for Addictions and offender Care at CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Mental Health for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. He is currently a training and management consultant for United Nation Office of Drugs and Crime. He is one of the Master Trainers for the UNODC Treatnet Project where he has been delivering this training format across Africa, South East Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. He has also undertaken several service reviews both in the NHS, UK and overseas. His recent consultancy posts were a review of Adolescent and Family Mental Health Services across a number of London services and a review of drug services in two Cities in Serbia. He also worked in the policy Division of the UK Department of Health. He was a member of the influential Home Office Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Committee(ACMD) for 12 years. He has been a senior commissioning manager. Currently, he sits on the Board of the Westminster Drug Project and the National Open College Network(NOCN Accreditation Awarding Body). He was previously on the Board of Look Ahead Housing and EACH. Raj Boyjoonauth has wide experience in Mental Health, Offender Care and Addictions and as board member of a number of NGOs. He is an honorary lecturer at Middlesex University. He has also been the recipient of a British Council Link Project for Mauritius for undertaking training and development in the prisons, NGOs and their health services. A sponsor recipient of Wyoming University, U.S and other UNODC/WHO contracts. He was the founding member of Association of Nurses and Substance Abuse (ANSA) and also its previous Chair. He has published a number of articles on substance misuse and has also presented papers at many international conferences, notably ICAA, ICN, IHRA, and many others.

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