Breaking Point: Ice & Methamphetamine
- : Hobart TAS 7000
Ice and methamphetamine have become significant drugs of concern for nurses and other health professionals. These concerns are not just related to health issues but also extend to personal protection and other significant social impacts. Attend this conference to be informed about the evidence and the facts underpinning these drugs. Understand how recovery is possible. Topics include:
- A personal story of addiction and recovery
- What effects do ice and methamphetamines have on the body and the mind?
- Safety when dealing with people on ice
- Managing withdrawal and recovery
- Moving from denial to action - practical advice to tailor interventions
- How to support families and communities affected by ice
Don’t miss this important conference! Book now!Schedule
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Stuart FentonMy Experience - A Personal Story of Addiction & Recovery
The experience of ice and methamphetamine use is life-changing and commonly results in addiction. The journey off the substance is complex but possible. This introductory session tells the story of a personal journey from recreational drug taking to full blown addiction and eventual rehabilitation. In-so-doing, it reveals what is involved in withdrawal from ice use and the type of support a person is likely to need along this journey.
- Getting ‘hooked’ on a drug - an incremental decline
- Accepting the fact that you are an addict
- Getting off meth - a different process to heroin withdrawal
- How long did it take for sustained withdrawal and what happened in this process?
- What support was required?
- What needs worked after the withdrawal process to sustain abstinence?
Craig MaloneyIce and Methamphetamines - What Type of Social Problem is This?
Ice and methamphetamine have become significant drugs of concern for nurses and other health professionals in recent years. These concerns are not just about health but also extend to personal protection and other significant social impacts. This session looks at the background issues that have enabled these drugs to take hold and considers evidence about their use. Finally, it discusses the importance of removing fear from the conversation if people are to be genuinely assisted with their addiction. Includes:
- Why is meth such an issue of concern?
- How extensive is its use in the community?
- Why are variations in purity so significant?
- What is the impact of the media on community perceptions and are they helpful?
11:00 MORNING TEA
Geoff AhernShard, Meth, Crystal - Effects of Ice on the Brain and Body
There has never been a street drug quite like ice and methamphetamine. The physiological, social, emotional and community effects of this substance have been widely reported in the media. This session looks at the effect that ice and other stimulants have on the human body. Includes:
- What are meth and ice and how do they differ from other stimulants?
- How are they taken into the body and how does the body react?
- What are the physiological effects on the body?
- Cardiovascular and respiratory effects
- Renal, metabolic and fluid balance effects
- Changes to the skin and appearance
- Impact on normal homeostasis
- How does ice react to other substances - prescribed and non-prescribed?
Geoff AhernInsights into the Psychological Effects of Ice and Methamphetamines
Ice/methamphetamine are psychoactive drugs and as such have an impact on brain function. Although this differs between individuals they can cause effects such as depression and even profound psychosis. This will looks at the types of mental health dysfunctions that result from this drug’s use. Includes:
- What are the symptoms of psychosis?
- Who are most at risk for developing psychosis?
- What interventions are required during a psychotic episode?
- Does the psychosis automatically resolve when the drugs are withdrawn?
- Can the use of ice/meth trigger schizophrenia?
- When are people most at risk for developing feelings of depression?
1:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Lyn BillingtonSafe Use of Sedatives
Illicit drug use and abuse is bringing more and more people into Emergency Departments all over Australia. The reason for the presentation is often varied and may be traumatic for the person and staff members such as nurses who are often the first person to assess the person. Acute severe behavioural disturbance as a result of crystal methamphetamine use calls for an organised management approach, with sedation forming a large aspect of this. As such, this session aims to review the following:
- Why are amphetamine-type substances are a cause of such high agitation?
- Assessing sedative requirements in patients with acute severe behavioural disturbance relating to methamphetamine use
- Safety with sedatives - prescribing, administering and de-prescribing as per Guidelines
- Potential side effects of sedatives and how these may be averted
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Karen ThompsonSafety When Dealing With People On Ice - Defusing and De-escalating Techniques
Any person affected by illicit drugs may behave irrationally and could be a danger to themselves and others. All health professionals must be alert to the risks associated with these potential harms. This final session of day one discusses and demonstrates practical de-escalation techniques to defuse violent behaviour. Includes:
- What are the physical cues that suggest someone may be affected by crystal methamphetamine (ICE)?
- How do you protect:
- The person
- The public
- How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
- Body language and personal safety to stay safe and reduce need for chemical and physical restraints
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Craig MaloneySupporting Families - The Impact of ‘Using’ on the Community
The impact of ice and methamphetamine use is now well known to extend beyond the person using this drug. Families and communities across Australia are touched by the devastating effects of ice and methamphetamine. Nurses and other health professionals must be able to consider the family and community impacts of this drug when working with people affected by ice. As such, this session looks at:
- What is known about the psychosocial impact of ice and methamphetamine on families and the community?
- What are practical ways in which you can help families break down communication barriers and discuss drug use openly?
- How can you assist families to access useful resources to help deal with the consequences that may arise as a result of the drug use?
Craig Maloney“I’m not an Addict” - Moving from Denial to Action
The portrayal of ice/methamphetamine use in society can create a sense of denial about the possibility that recovery is possible. The psychology involved in making the decision to stop using drugs can be a very tumultuous and difficult process. However, understanding the trajectory of use of a particular client means that practical interventions offered are likely to resonate with the client and may initiate change. This session will consider:
- Why is it vital to understand one’s trajectory of use?
- How may clients with different ages, demographics and who are at different stages of use respond to interventions?
- Practical advice on how to tailor interventions, appropriate referrals and linking of services to the client’s stage to maximise engagement
- How can we as health professionals manage our own frustration if our desire for action is not achieved?
11:00 MORNING TEA
Karyn SmithMethamphetamines - A Practical Approach to Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Care
A common concern shared by midwives, nurses and other health care professionals working in the drug and alcohol field relates to methamphetamine use during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. This session will use a case study to practically explain:
- What is known about the impact of ice and methamphetamine use during the perinatal period?
- How to provide effective and compassionate care when methamphetamine use is occurring to a mother and baby during the pregnancy, birth and postnatal period
12:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr David JacksonWithdrawal - Principles and Process
Successful long term withdrawal and recovery from methamphetamine use is possible. However, this is not usually a straightforward process, it takes time and may involve commitment and flexibility by the client and clinician. This session looks at the complex nature of withdrawal and recovery includes:
- What differences are there for those who use stimulants occasionally or recreationally compared to those who use stimulants frequently or are dependent?
- How is it best to manage concurrent withdrawal and recovery from methamphetamines and other substances?
- How do prescribed medications impact on use, reduced use, withdrawal and recovery?
- How do we manage anxiety, depression and other psychological changes in withdrawal and recovery
- How do we facilitate ongoing harm minimisation and relapse prevention?
Daniel GossThe Road To Recovery - What Breaks The Cycle?
The number of crime offences that are linked to ice and crystal methamphetamine in Tasmania has believed to have risen sharply. Crime prevention is crucial to supporting rehabilitation. The Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) Program is a Statewide program in Tasmania that is enabling eligible defendants to break the substance abuse-crime cycle. This session highlights how a holistic treatment program is currently achieving high success rates and supporting rehabilitation and recovery. Includes:
- Overview of the the Court Mandated Diversion program
- How are principles of harm minimisation integrated into the CMD program?
- Clear benefits of the CMD - what is making a difference?
- How can principles of the CMD be applied successfully to other treatment programs?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Madelyn Derrick and Dr Jackie HallamHarm Reduction - Applying Policy to Practice
Harm reduction is a widely accepted and long standing principle that acknowledges that preventing all people from taking drugs is not achievable. Instead, there is the potential to improve health outcomes for people taking drugs by assisting them to maintain health and prevent complications of ‘using’. This final session will demonstrate how harm reduction policy can be applied to practice for those affected by ice and methamphetamine. Includes:
- Overview of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council Tasmania Inc. (ATDC)
- What is harm reduction?
- The case for harm reduction in drug policy
- Examples of harm reduction in practice
- Best-practice responding to someone with problematic methamphetamine use
- Introducing a best-practice response e-tool (soon to be released)
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
Ice is a growing concern for Australian nurses and other healthcare professionals. It is destructive for health, families and communities, and creates a raft of medical, psychological and social problems. Nurses and other health professionals are increasingly exposed to people who are affected by this drug, but often without really understanding the health issues involved. It is important that nurses have access to correct evidence-based information about these substances and the management of those affected by themPurpose of Program
The purpose of this conference is to inform nurses and other professionals about the illicit drugs ice and methamphetamine, including their effects on people, the community and how recovery can be achieved.Your learning outcomes:
Use evidence-based knowledge about ice/methamphetamine so as to create a safe environment for all concerned
Understand the ramifications of ice/methamphetamine use in the community and how to implement methods of harm reduction in your health setting
Know the principles of rehabilitation and recovery and apply evidence-based approaches to assist sustained abstinence
Refer people using ice/methamphetamine appropriately and align your healthcare with Statewide strategiesPresenters
Craig Maloney has an impressive background which includes a Master of Mental Health Nursing and graduate qualifications in Child Adolescent ... Read More
Stuart Fenton is a clinical psychotherapist and counsellor and also a recovered drug addict whose primary drug of choice was ... Read More
Geoffrey Ahern is a Senior Mental Health Clinician from Melbourne, who works with Victorian Police on a specialised mental health ... Read More
Lyn’s extensive career as a pharmacist has included many years working in the former Hobson Park Psychiatric Hospital in Gippsland. ... Read More
Karyn Smith is an Outreach Clinical Midwife Consultant at the Sunshine Hospital providing collaborative midwifery care to vulnerable families in ... Read More
Dr Madelyn Derrick is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the ATOD sector for the last eight years. Her ... Read More
Dr Jackie Hallam has worked in a variety of roles in the ATOD sector over the last sixteen years, including ... Read More
Daniel Goss is the Team Leader, Court Mandated Diversion Program (North / North West), which is attached to the Department ... Read More
Karen Thompson comes from a mixed background, with post graduate degrees in remote area and ICU nursing, and now has ... Read More
Dr David Jackson is a General Practitioner, specialising in Alcohol and Drug Addiction. ... Read More