Harm minimisation forum at Pharmacy Connect

A pre-conference workshop at Pharmacy Connect will explore the issue of harm minimisation

This workshop will provide the latest clinical information, research and treatment options for both OTC and prescription drug use, and the implications for the pharmacist.

Workshop moderator and Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Councillor, Angelo Pricolo, says that the workshop is a unique way to understand this complex topic and earn CPD points.

“Presented by expert speakers, the workshop will be broken into three main topics including, examining the lifesaving potential of Naloxone; responding to codeine use after 1 February; and working with GP’s to treat addiction.

“Australia has been a leader in many areas of harm minimisation, however treatment options can still be limited and patient outcomes compromised.

“This workshop will highlight the role of the pharmacist in understanding and treating substance addiction, to reduce the negative impact on both the patient and the community,” Mr Pricolo said.

The workshop will conclude with a screening of an award winning documentary, “Fighting the Dragon with Luck”, which has screened internationally at film festivals and conferences with firsthand accounts of addiction.

The harm minimisation pre-conference workshop will be held on Friday 1 September from 1:00pm- 5:00pm at the Hilton, Sydney. Full workshop outline and registrations are available online at: www.pharmacyconnect.com.au, hurry- places are limited. Workshop speaker bios are listed over page.

Held from 1- 3 September at the Hilton Sydney, Pharmacy Connect will feature over 30 speakers, a trade exhibition with 60 plus exhibitors, Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. The Guild’s National Student Business Plan Competition will also be contested at the event, with the winner announced at the Gala Dinner.

Speakers at the pre-conference workshop will include:

  • Fabian Viola, former Victorian heavyweight champion, whose story of heroin addiction appears in Fighting the Dragon with Luck;
  • Dr Marianne Jauncey, medical director at the Kings Cross injecting room;
  • Suzanne Nielsen, a pharmacist/researcher with an interest in codeine use;
  • Dr Hester Wilson, GP and addiction specialist at the Langton Centre; and
  • Angelo Pricolo, community pharmacist and Pharmacy Guild National Councillor.

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