Friday 22nd February 2019
9:00am - 3:30pm
Have you ever found yourself unsure or ill equipped to respond to patients who have alcohol or other drug use problems?
This two-day 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.
On completion of this workshop nurses and midwives will be able to:
- describe the pharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs
- describe the basic anatomical and physiological effects of drug dependence on major organ systems
- discuss the development of addiction
- display an understanding of withdrawal symptoms associated with individual drugs and appropriate interventions
- develop an understanding of harms associated with drug use and dependence
- discuss harm reduction strategies to reduce risks associated with drug use and addiction
- develop an understanding of alcohol and other drug screening instruments
- identify the components of a comprehensive alcohol and drug assessment
- discuss the causes of difficult patient behaviour in relation to drug use
- manage difficult and challenging patient behaviour through the implementation of effective communication strategies
- demonstrate an understanding of the various substitute pharmacotherapies
- develop an understanding of the spirit and principles of motivational interviewing
- develop an understanding of relapse prevention
- identify and effectively refer clients to appropriate treatment services
- describe the alcohol and drug service system.
Course dates: Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February 2019
These alcohol and other drugs workshops for nurses and midwives are fully funded by the Andrews Government.