High Risk Opioid Management
Meducate, on behalf of Latrobe Community Health Service, is proud to present a live webinar.
Tuesday July 19th at 7pm - 8:30pm AEDT
Replay available 2 days later
Dr Ferghal Armstrong (Host)
Dr Anne Saunders
Dr Thileepan Naren
Clinical boundaries – presented by Dr Ferghal Armstrong
High Risk GP Prescribing – presented by Dr Ann Saunders
Transfers - From high dose opioids to pharmacotherapy – presented by Thileepan Naren
Dr Ferghal Armstrong

Ferghal is an Addiction Medicine specialist, General Practitioner and fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine
Dr Armstrong works in the drug and alcohol clinical advisory service.
He divides his time between addiction medicine and general practice. He has a keen interest in chronic pain and the interface that exists between addiction and chronic pain.
Ferghal is also the CEO of Meducate

Dr Ann Saunders

Dr Anne Saunders graduated from Flinders University in 2004. Having gained significant experience in emergency medicine she gained fellowship in General Practice in 2018. She now works in a busy inner city practice and has developed a special interest in AOD and pain medicine. She is now the co-chair of the Victorian RACGP AOD subcommittee and chair of the national AOD ECHO series.

Dr Thileepan Naren
Dr Thileepan Naren is an Addiction Medicine Registrar based in Melbourne. He has previously spent many years working as a GP in regional Victoria. Dr Naren has an interest in addiction medicine, Aboriginal health, refugee health, military and veteran's health, public health policy and medical governance. He is also the co-chair of the Victorian AOD Committee of the RACGP. Thileepan is a co-host of the Cracking Addiction podcast and is passionate about the education of health practitioners in Addiction Medicine
What You Will Learn
Clinical Boundaries
  • Understand how to perform a risk assessment
  • Understand how to say no
  • Understand issues around self-reflection and clinical boundaries and patient-centred care
High Risk GP Prescribing
  • The context of the Victorian prescription drug crisis
  • Identify high risk prescribing
  • Understand the role of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain
  • How to identify opioid use disorder in patients on high OMEDs
  • How to transfer from full agonist opioids to methadone
  • How to transfer from full agonists to buprenorphine
  • Understand the role of LAIB
Running schedule
  • 19:00 – Welcome to country and introduction – Dr Ferghal Armstrong
  • 19:05 - Clinical Boundaries– Dr Ferghal Armstong (20 mins)
  • 19:25 - High risk GP prescribing – Dr Ann Saunders (20 mins)
  • 19:45 – Transfers- Dr Thileepan Naren (20 mins)
  • 20:05 - Q and A session (25 mins)
  • 20:30 Close
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