CPD: Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse

On Tuesday 4 May, more than 30 GPs and allied health professionals attended CESPHN’s Continuing Professional Development event on Pharmaceutical Drug Misuse at CESPHN’s Kogarah Office. The evening was facilitated by Dr Suzanne Nielsen, Senior Research Fellow from the National Drug and Alcohol Education Centre, along with Dr Craig Rodgers, Addiction Medicine Staff Specialist for CESPHN’s GP Liaison Alcohol and Other Drugs Project (GLAD) and St Vincent’s Hospital.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen spoke on the use, harms and treatment responses to pharmaceutical opioid dependence, including effective pain treatment assessment and the use of Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in managing chronic pain in relation to treatment outcomes. Dr Craig Rodgers presented case studies in line with the implementation and use of diagnostic screening and assessment tools for pharmaceutical opioid dependence and chronic pain management.

This continuing professional development event is part of a broader initiative that CESPHN are undertaking to increase the confidence of primary and allied health professionals to respond to patients presenting with drug and alcohol concerns within a community setting. CESPHN will be undertaking an educational campaign and offering future events in relation to pharmaceutical drug misuse from October 2017.

The next Drug and Alcohol CPD will be on Assessment Skills focusing on Alcohol Substance Disorder. The event will be held in our Ashfield office on Tuesday 4 July and will be facilitated by Dr Merissa Cappetta, GLAD and Concord Drug Health Service Addiction Medicine Staff Specialist, For more information please see our CPD Calendar.