Victorian government-funded courses

The area of alcohol and other drugs is complex and rapidly changing.

To assist nurses and midwives to continue to provide best practice interventions and nursing management, the Andrews/Allan Government has provided funding for the development and delivery of contemporary continuing professional development initiatives. The ANMF (Vic Branch) and Turning Point, Eastern Health, have partnered to bring you a series of workshops and masterclasses.


The Women's - Alcohol & Drug Service (WADS)

Tuesday 25 June 2024, 9.30am – 12.30pm, via Zoom.
CPD: 3 hours 
Presenter: Elvira Earthstar & Meg Hardiman 

Who should attend? Nurses and midwives working in AOD.

Alcohol, cannabis and tobacco

This three-hour webinar is delivered by a midwife and a social worker. Alcohol, cannabis and tobacco will be covered, examining the effect these substances have on pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as examining the long-term effects on the baby. Learn about the role of child protection where there is substance use in pregnancy as well as other significant psycho-social complexities. A case study will be presented with discussion from participants encouraged.

Elvira Earthstar is a nurse and midwife, who came to healthcare after a decade of working for women’s social support and family violence services.  She has worked as a neonatal nurse, as a midwife across the scope of practise at the Women’s, Australia’s largest women’s specialist hospital, and at a small rural maternity service.  Elvira has extensive knowledge of the impact of trauma and marginalisation on women, and values working with women and their unique strengths to move towards a more positive future.  Elvira has joined the WADS team to provide specialist midwifery care to women in very complex situations and their babies.

Meg Hardiman is a social worker with nearly 20 years of experience in the field, working in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland, across a range of areas including hospital based social work, outreach, case management, counselling, group work, birth debriefing, clinical supervision and training. Meg has a particular interest in women’s health, and has been at the Women's since 2015, working as a team leader in the Abortion service, and as an outreach social worker at WADS. Meg is currently the training and education co-ordinator at WADS. 

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