with Practice Nurses
Session 2
Wednesday June 22nd at 6:30pm - 8pm AEST
Replay available 2 days later
Meducate, on behalf of PABNs, is proud to present a live webinar.
Victorian Pharmacotherapy Area-Based Networks presents Advancing Pharmacotherapy with Practice Nurses

Facilitated by Dr. Ferghal Armstrong

This event aims to upskill General Practice nurses enabling them to take a more active role in the care of patients receiving opioid replacement therapy.

Dr Ferghal Armstrong (Host)
Prof. Ed Ogden
Craig Harvey,
Kerryn Menhennet
Opioid Pharmacotherapy Side Effects.
Presented by Prof. Ed Ogden, PSM MA FRACGP FAChAM FFCFM(RCPA)
Harm Reduction.
Presented by Craig Harvey, Harm Reduction Coordinator Barwon Health
The Role of the Practice Nurse in OAT
Presented by Kerryn Menhennet, Practice Nurse
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

Prof. Ed Ogden

Prof. Ed Ogden is the Deputy Director (Addiction and Forensic Medicine), Centre for Human Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University, staff specialist in Addiction Medicine at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne and Addiction Medicine Specialist at Goulburn Valley Health. Ed was employed by Victoria Police in various roles from 1978 to 2012, serving 11 years in the Department of Forensic Medicine and 17 years as Principal Medical Advisor."

Craig Harvey
Craig Harvey has worked in the field of harm reduction since the late 1990's. Working primarily with people who inject drugs, developing simple pragmatic programs which aim to promote health and wellbeing. Craig started his career at a city centre harm reduction service in Birmingham, UK where he worked exclusively on street-based, outreach programs. Since emigrating to Australia in 2006, he has held a variety of positions, including overdose response programs, supported housing, and programs aiming to increase access to MATOD. The focus of Craigs work over the last 10 years has been the development of better NSP services, and overdose response programs which he has presented on nationally and internationally.
Kerryn Menhennet
Kerryn Menhennet is the Senior Nurse in Ballarat Community Health's GP clinic. Kerryn has a background in ICU nursing and moved into general practice about ten years ago. She is passionate about providing holistic care to all patients and is a strong advocate of nursing and the contribution of nurses in optimising patient care."
What You Will Learn
Harm Reduction
  • What is harm reduction and why is it important?
  • Naloxone supply and training
  • Hep C testing & treatment
  • NSP/sharps provision
Effects of long term opioid use
  • Effects of opioids on the various body systems
  • Adverse effects of long term opioid use
  • Regular health screening requirements of patients taking long term opioids
Role of the practice nurse in ORT
  • Role of the practice nurse
  • Holistic health assessments
  • GP care planning for MBS funding treatment for the opioid dependent patient
  • Further supports and resources
Running schedule
  • 18:30 – Welcome to country and introduction – Dr Ferghal Armstrong
  • 18:35 - Opioid Pharmacotherapy Side Effects
  • 19:00 - Harm Reduction
    Craig Harvey, Harm Reduction Coordinator Barwon Health (25 mins)
  • 19:25 – The Role of the Practice Nurse in OAT
    Kerryn Menhennet, Practice Nurse (20 mins)
  • 19:45 - Q&A Session
  • 20:00 – Close
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