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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
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

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
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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