Responsible pain management for acute conditions in hospital and primary care settings is key to tackling the escalating use of opioids in the management of non-cancer acute pain.
To assist health professionals tackling the pain of prescription opioids, an interactive educational evening will be held in Tweed Heads on Thursday 20 June 2019.
- Dr Liam Ring (Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist)
- Nicole Rosborough (Clinical Phamacist, Tweed Hospital)
- Dr Brett Lynam (General Practitioner)
Facilitated by Dr Helena Smetana.
NCPHN has funded a project led by Dr Abbey Perumpanani, Director of Clinical Programs at the Northern NSW Local Health District, to tackle this problem starting with acute services. Dr Perumpanani recognises that the best way to impact this problem is for the whole clinical team to work together so that strategies are consistent, no matter where the patient encounters the health system. But there are many local barriers to this happening.
GPs, pharmacists, practice nurses and other interested primary care clinicians are invited to join colleagues from the hospital sector to strategise on approaches to stem the rising use of opioids, including alternative opioid use, cease-and-wean plans and other de-prescribing strategies. The workshop is a rare opportunity to come together as a group of colleagues to discuss local barriers, local pain services and pathways to better management.
The format of the evening will include a facilitated case study, with input from the panel and professionals in the audience. RACGP Category 2 points have been approved.
Registrations close 14 June 2019.