Opioids masterclass

A master class for nurses working in alcohol and other drugs

In recognition and support of the important work of alchohol and other drug nurses, the Andrews Government has provided funding to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) and Turning Point to deliver specific training to AOD nurses. This one-day workshop is part of a series of eight workshops (four topics) that will be conducted from March through to September 2019.

Why is this important?
There has been a significant increase in opioid deaths and poisoning hospitalisations in recent years. Each year around 1100 Australians die from opioid overdoses mostly from legal pharmaceutical pain killers such as oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. About 20 per cent of overdoses are heroin related. Aside from overdose other significant physical, mental, behavioural and social harms that range in severity are experienced by people who use opioids. For AOD nurses this comes as no surprise and regardless of the clinical setting in which you work providing care to patients with opioid-use problems remains an important area of work.

The workshop will focus on:
This one-day workshop will provide an in depth focus on the pharmacology and pharma-kinetics of opioid use. Information on the adverse effects of a range of pharmaceutical and illegal opioids will be presented as well as nursing management and responses. You will be provided with information to better understand opioid addiction, intoxication and withdrawal. Treatment and nursing interventions including implementation and maintenance of pharmacotherapy will be covered. Also covered will be the management of acute pain in the opioid dependent person. Finally, we will provide information on SafeScript, the real-time, centralised database designed to assist safer prescribing decisions.

Presenter: Rose McCrohan, Nurse Practitioner, Uniting Care ReGen 
Rose is a lively and engaging presenter who began working in AOD in 1992 at Pleasant View Centre in Preston. She continued to work in residential and non-residential withdrawal services at Eastern Health and the Youth Support and Advocacy Support (YSAS). In 2005 she moved to ReGen where she undertook endorsement as Victoria’s first alcohol and drug nurse practitioner. Rose manages Curran Place, ReGen’s 16-bed residential Adult and Mother Baby Withdrawal service that includes four mother and baby beds. Rose is a co-convenor of Victoria’s AOD and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner collaborative. 

Co presenter: Megan McKechnie, Nurse Practitioner, The Alfred Hospital
Megan McKechnie is a registered psychiatric nurse employed as an addictions clinical nurse consultant within the The Alfred Hospital’s consultation and liaison psychiatry and addictions team. Megan sits on the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victorian (NMHPV) board of directors and was named Nurse of the Year by Catholic Health Australia in 2015. Megan holds masters of science in addiction studies, a post-graduate diploma of addictions and mental health.  

Co facilitator: Sharon Patterson, Senior Education and Training Officer, Turning Point


This workshop will focus on opioid use and its associated harms.


Who should register?
Nurses working in alcohol and drug clinical treatment settings

Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019 or Thursday 23 May 2019 (one day only)

Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm (participants are advised to arrive at 9:15am for a 9:30am start)

Location: ANMF (Vic Branch) Education Centre, 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

CPD: 5 hours

Cost: Victorian Government funded