Opioids: webinar for nurses working in the AOD sector


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CANCELLED - Seminar 1 (course code: 18758)
PART 1: Thursday 18 March 2021
PART 2 Thursday 25 March 2021

Seminar 2 (Course Code: 19324)
PART 1 Thursday 6 May 2021
PART 2 Thursday 20 May 2021

ALL SESSIONS: 9.30AM – 12PM (Note: Each seminar consists of two online 2.5-hour sessions)

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 people who use opioids experience other significant physical, mental, behavioural and social harms that range in severity. 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.

This interactive seminar has been developed to provide an in-depth focus on the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics 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.

Participants will be provided with information to develop a better understanding of opioid addiction, intoxication, and withdrawal. Treatment and nursing interventions including implementation and maintenance of pharmacotherapy will be covered. This webinar will also cover the management of acute pain in the opioid dependent person.


Rose McCrohan is a lively and engaging presenter. Rose began working in AOD in 1992 at Pleasant View. Rose has continued to work in residential and non-residential withdrawal services at Eastern Health and YSAS before moving to Uniting ReGen in 2005. Rose became Victorians first AOD nurse practitioner in 2009. Rose manages Curran Place, ReGen’s 16 bed (4 Mother Baby Beds) residential Adult and Mother Baby Withdrawal Service. Rose is a co-convenor of Victoria’s AOD and mental health nurse practitioner collaborative.

Megan McKechnie, Nurse Practitioner, The Alfred Hospital

Megan McKechnie is a registered psychiatric nurse who is currently employed as an Addictions Clinical Nurse Consultant within the Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry and Addictions Team at the Alfred Hospital.  Megan sits on the board of directors for the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria and was named Nurse of the Year by Catholic Health Australia in 2015. Megan holds a Masters of Science in Addiction Studies, a postgraduate diploma of addictions and mental health and is registered with AHPRA as a nurse practitioner.