Alcohol and other drugs - two-day workshop for nurses and midwives

Alcohol and other drugs - a two-day workshop for nurses and midwives

CPD: 12 hours,
4 & 5 May 2020, 9.30AM-4.30PM (course code: 15637) or 
22 & 23 June 2020, 9.30AM-4.30PM (course code: 15653)
9.30am to 4.30pm
Presenter: Sharon Patterson, Senior Alcohol and Other Drug Education Officer, Turning Point

Have you ever found yourself unsure or ill equipped to respond to patients who have alcohol or other drug use problems?

This two-day workshop has been developed for registered and enrolled nurses and midwives who want to learn more about how to work effectively with patients who have problems with alcohol and other drug use. It is relevant for nurses and midwives working across all areas of the health sector. This practical and theoretical program will provide the latest evidence-based information on drug use and addiction. 

The content will include an understanding of how drugs affect the neurobiological and physiological systems of the body. This will allow a greater exploration of the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs and the associated management of intoxication and withdrawal. Participants will be introduced to ‘The Model of Change’ and its application. We will also consider potential biopsychosocial harms to the patient and a range of strategies used in treatment.

The second half of the workshop will have a major focus on brief interventions including strategies for raising the issue of drug use, engaging patients and implementing screening tools. We will explore the principles and strategies for motivational interviewing and practice reflective listening. 

Finally, we will focus on identifying and effectively referring patients to appropriate treatment services. Participants will gain an understanding of the Victorian AOD treatment sector with particular emphasis on local services.

This workshop is designed to assist you to be more confident and competent in your work with patients you are already seeing who use alcohol and other drugs.

This is an important topic for nurses and midwives and provides an opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge and hear from industry experts and to ask any questions you may have.

Sharon Patterson’s role in AOD education and clinical treatment spans over 30 years. Her work at Turning Point has included development and delivery of training and education programs to general practitioners, nurses, and the AOD workforce. She has been a unit coordinator and teacher of Turning Point’s Post Graduate Program and is currently a Unit Coordinator and lecturer in the Monash University Master of Addictive Behaviours.

This course is funded by the Andrews Government and is provided at no cost.