Medicines in Mental Health for all Nurses 2017
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
A 2 Day Seminar: Practical, Mental Health, TreatmentsOverview
This seminar offers nurses a rare opportunity to develop crucial insights into the appropriate use of medicines for the treatment and management of people with mental health disorders.
It will focus on how they work, their use for a range of disorders including symptom control, and their relative benefits and risks. The program is conducted by specialist pharmacists and is guaranteed to enhance your knowledge and skills of these psychotropic medicines.
Need for Program
Psychotropic medicines are commonly used to treat people with mental health disorders. However, these medicines can have profound side effects and are particularly potent to certain vulnerable groups of the population such as the elderly and young. The number of people with mental health disorders is rising, and these medicines are used increasingly across most health environments in Australia. Therefore, it is imperative that nurses fully understand the nature and the types of medicines used to treat these conditions.Purpose of Program
The aim of this seminar is to offer nurses a forum to discuss the appropriate use of medicines in the treatment and management of people with mental health disorders.Your Learning Outcomes
8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
9:00amThe Development of Mental Health Medicines
This fascinating session will look at the history of the development of treatment of mental health disorders using medicines.
- What happened in the 1950s that altered the approach to treating mental health disorders forever?
- What are the controversies surrounding the use of medicines in mental health disorders?
- The impact of brain imaging etc.
- The role of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
9:50amClassification of Medicines Used in Psycho-pharmacology
This session looks at the classifications and types of medicines broadly used in the modern treatment of people with mental health disorders. It will assist you to understand the range available and how they are selected for each individual.
- What are the broad classifications?
- Why would certain medicines be used instead of others?
- How is the form of delivery decided?
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
11:00amPsychotropic Medicines - Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics
The safety and therapeutic benefit of medicines relies on the knowledge of a chain of professionals involved in the process of delivery. This includes nurses who are often at the forefront of administering powerful psychotropic medicines. This session will inform you of fundamental behaviours of psychotropic medicines that you need to know.
- What are the principles of treatment?
- How do the medicines act on the brain?
- How are these medicines absorbed and excreted?
- What is a half-life and why is this particularly important?
- What is a therapeutic level and why is this so important for this type of medicines?
12:15pm - Quiz – Test Your Learning
12:45pm - Lunch Break
1:45pmMedicines Used in Mental Health Disorders: Depression - Session 1
Antidepressants are commonly prescribed medicines used in modern healthcare. This session will look in more detail at the:
- Clinical features of depression
- Pharmacological management, including switching, withdrawal, serotonin syndrome
- How depression is treated in special populations
- Treatment resistant depression
2:45pm - Afternoon Tea
3:00pmAnxiety Disorders - Session 2
Anxiety disorders are now recognised as one of the most common problems encountered in Australia today. In this short session we will look at:
- Classification of anxiety disorders
- Pharmacological management
- Problems of benzodiazepine dependence
3:30pmNurses Tool Box
The use of analgesia in people with anxiety and/or depressive disorder
3:45pmQuick Quiz – Test Your Learning
4:00pm - Close of Day One of ProgramDay Two
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
9:00amCommon Side Effects & Adverse Events
Some medicines used to treat people with mental health disorders can have profound and devastating effects, e.g. tardive dyskinesia, constipation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease. Includes:
- What is the difference between a side effect and an adverse event and why does this matter?
- What common interactions are associated with these medicines?
- What role does food play?
- Can a side effect occur when a person has been taking a medicine for a protracted period?
- Can you just ‘stop’ a medicine?
10:00amNurses Toolbox Session
- How to find information about side effects and adverse events
- Generic versus brand name – is there a problem?
10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee
11:00amMedicines for Mental Health Disorders in Special Groups
Due to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects on different people consideration needs to be given to special groups such as:
- Older people
- Children and adolescents
- Pregnancy and lactation
11:45amMedicines Used in Mental Health Disorders: Psychosis - Session 3
Antipsychotics are prescribed medicines for people suffering from psychotic disorders. There are special considerations that nurses need to be aware of when working with people taking these medicines. Topics include:
- Symptoms of schizophrenia and challenges of psychosis
- What medicines are commonly prescribed?
- What is the range of delivery mechanisms?
- Consequences of non-compliance
12:15amBipolar Disorder - Session 4
Happy or sad – this disorder can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. Modern medicines can significantly improve outcomes. This session looks at current best-practice use of medicines.
- How bipolar disorders are classified
- Role of mood stabilisers (including lithium)
- Important drug interactions and side effects
12:45pm - Lunch Break and Networking
Delirium is a commonly seen acute condition across all areas of health care. It has a relatively high morbidity if not treated. This session looks at the pharmacological causes and treatments of delirium.
2:15pmDiabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
People with certain mental health disorders are more likely than other individuals to develop metabolic syndrome. In this session we will look at:
- What is metabolic syndrome?
- What is the relationship between the use of anti-psychotic medicines and diabetes mellitus?
- What is the medication management of a person who has diabetes and a mental health disorder?
2:45pmNurses Toolbox Session
Management of constipation – connection to delirium and anticholinergic effects of antipsychotics and antidepressants
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
3:15pm‘Meth’ and its Dangerous Family
A look at these increasingly commonly abused substances and why they impact on the mental health of a person.
4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Anne Leversha is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her experience includes Director of Pharmacy at Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon, where she has been a practising clinical pharmacist. She was a member of the Victorian Medicines Advisory Committee and is a Fellow of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and a trained shpaclinCAT (clinical competency assessment) evaluator. She is also the chair of the Australian Clinical Education Preparation Program Management Team, which developed and provides an online program. Anne has presented and conducted seminars and workshops in national and international conferences and forums. She has published on topics including: improving medication safety, with articles on high risk medicines alerts, drug allergy documentation and clinical pharmacist interventions; the rural pharmacy workforce; pharmacists’ contribution to medical education and rural issues in pharmacy education.
Lyn Billington's extensive career as a pharmacist has included many years working with Gippsland Psychiatric Services and continued with Latrobe Regional Hospital following amalgamation. Currently, Lyn is a consultant pharmacist providing Home Medication Reviews and Residential Medication Management Reviews. She also tutors intern pharmacists at Monash University Parkville, moderates in the Monash Mental Health postgraduate course and lectures on psychopharmacology to fourth year students at the Gippsland Medical School. Lyn has co-authored presentations for conferences presentations Australia.