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,
course code: 15620
12 & 13 March 2020
9.30am to 4.30pm
Presenter: Sharon Patterson, Senior Alcohol and Other Drug Education Officer, Turning Point

This course is especially relevant for nurses working in emergency departments or considering work in the new emergency department mental health and AOD hubs.

This two-day workshop has been developed for registered and enrolled nurses and midwives who want to learn more about working effectively with patients with co-occurring mental health and alcohol and other drug use conditions who present to emergency departments. 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 bio-psycho-social harms to the patient and a range of strategies used in treatment including brief intervention strategies for engaging patients, implementing screening tools and giving timely information.

The second day of the workshop will have a major focus on co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions. This section will include undertaking a mental state examination. 

We will explore the principles and strategies for motivational interviewing and practice the core skill of 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 who have co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions.

This is an important topic for all 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 pracitioners, 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.