Useful information


Thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia, 8-11th September 2014.

Alcohol Policy Research: Putting together a global evidence base

Airport city service

SkyBus operates 24 hours, seven days a week every 10 minutes from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross station in the city. Visit for further details.

ATM Machines

Automated Teller Machines (cash machines) are located on Smith St, East of the conference Venue (Westpac 215Smith St; NAB 224 Smith St; ANZ 243 Smith St) and at the 7-11 at the corner of Brunswick at Johnston St.

Coffee Breaks

Coffee breaks are scheduled from 10:30 to 11:00 and 3:30-4:00pm from Monday through Thursday in the room we are meeting in. Coffee, tea and snacks will be available at the meeting venue


Electrical current is 240/ 250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from those used in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. Major hotels may be able to provide you with one if needed.


Delegates make their own way for lunch. An hour and a half is provided for lunch each day. A range of light meals, snacks and refreshments are available near the meeting venue, particularly on Smith and Brunswick Streets. A list of suggestions will be provided to meeting attendees.


Postal service

Opening hours*

Collingwood Post Shop 186-188 Smith Street  Collingwood  VIC  3066
  • Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat – Sun Closed
Fitzroy South LPO 54 Brunswick Street  Fitzroy  VIC  3065  (03)9417 3952
  • Mon – Fri 8:00am – 5:30pm
  • Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Sunday Closed


Public Transport

Extending from the central business district Melbourne has trains, trams and buses. Myki is the relatively new smart cart-ticketing system in metropolitan Melbourne.

The basic card costs $6, and then Credit must be put on the Myki card before you board. If you are not going to the outer suburbs, the most you will be charged on trams is the $7.16 per day.

Myki Cards can be purchased and topped up at other locations such as Newsagents, 7/11s and Milkbars.

Touch the Myki Card onto one of the readers/sensors near the door when you enter a tram. You do not need to touch off when you get off.


It is expected that a selection of papers from the meeting will be published (after revision) grouped in thematic issues of journals or otherwise.

Shopping/bank hours

Large shopping centres and specialty stores are open from 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday’s opening hours are from 10am, and closing hour on Friday is 9pm. Most banks are open 9:30am-4pm Monday to Thursday, 9:30am-5pm Friday. Most banks are closed on weekends.


Taxis can be hailed from the street, or booked in advance. One taxi company is at Ph: 131008. Melbourne Taxis are Yellow.


Tipping in Australia is not a custom. However for excellent service, tips are always welcome and appreciated.


We will try to have an exclusive WiFi service at the meeting venue for attendees. Please note that Australian hotels often charge extra to use WiFI and it can be extremely expensive- most cafes (Brunswick and Smith St) will provide WiFi free-of-charge for patrons making a small purchase.

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