Alcohol and other drug: two-day workshop for nurses and midwives


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[FULL] 8 & 9 FEBRUARY 2021, COURSE CODE: 18723
[FULL] 15 & 16 FEBRUARY 2021, COURSE CODE: 18722
[FULL] 15 & 16 MARCH 2021, COURSE CODE: 18724

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

This two-day, face to face workshop has been developed for 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 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 advice.

The second half 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 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 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.

Presenter: Sharon Patterson Senior Alcohol and other Drug Education Officer, Turning Point.

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