These webinar series have been developed for nurses and midwives working across all areas of the health sector who want to learn more about how to work effectively with patients who have problems with alcohol and other drug use (AOD). They 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 in responding to patients who use drugs. 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 and giving timely advice.

The later topics will explore principles and strategies of motivational interviewing and practice the core skill of reflective listening. This is an opportunity for nurses to reflect on their work with patients and enhance patient engagement in their health and wellbeing through acceptance, collaboration, compassion and evocation.

The final topics will provide information for nurses on how to identify and effectively refer patients to appropriate treatment services. Participants will gain an understanding of the Victorian AOD treatment sector. This will also include support services for family members who have a loved one who uses drugs.

Most patients who become dependent on drugs go on to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Not only does treatment work in a large proportion of cases, many people also resolve their drug-use problems without formal treatment programs. Recovery for most people requires considerable support from peers, friends, family and extended networks as well as treatment services.

Recognition of completion requires you to fully attend three hours for each of the four dates listed for each series.

Categories: Capability 6 - Understanding and responding to substance use and addiction
Disciplines: Nursing
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced
Lifespans: Infant, Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Tuesday 20 February 2024
09:30 to 12:30
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Tuesday 27 February 2024
09:30 to 12:30
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Tuesday 5 March 2024
09:30 to 12:30
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Tuesday 12 March 2024
09:30 to 12:30
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Specific location and venue confirmed by provider upon registration.

This seminar is funded by the Victorian Government and therefore there is no cost to attendees.

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Provided by Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF)
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