APSAD Sydney 2016 Conference
 

Workshops

The 2016 APSAD Scientific Program Committee is pleased to announce the Pre-Conference Workshops scheduled on Sunday 30 October 2016 are now available. 

Places are limited, so make sure you sign up during your conference registration. Already registered and forgot to add your workshop? Contact the conference secretariat at apsadconference@ashm.org.au and we will add your chosen workshop to your registration.

More information on workshops given below:

Workshop 1: ASHM & Kirby Institute: Preparing patients for interferon-free direct-acting antiviral therapy in the drug and alcohol treatment setting


   

When:

Sunday 30 October
9.00am - 12.30pm
Cost:
Complimentary for delegates attending the conference
Presenter:
To be confirmed
Overview:





















Introduction and Aims: One of the most important breakthroughs in clinical medicine in recent decades is the advent of well-tolerated, simple, short-course direct acting antiviral (DAA) interferon-free hepatitis C virus (HCV) regimens with cure rates >95%. There is potential to reverse the rising burden of advanced liver disease with increased treatment. However, enhanced treatment access will require a reconfiguration of existing specialist services, including a broadening of services authorised and engaged to offer HCV assessment and treatment, including drug and alcohol treatment clinics. Drug and alcohol clinics are logical venues for expanding HCV care, given the large burden of HCV infection and an existing framework for the provision of care for PWID. However, there is a lack of education and training on HCV for drug and alcohol providers.

Program Course: The curriculum to be used for this program will be developed independently by the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM), and the Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia. This workshop will include learning and teaching objectives focused on: HCV epidemiology and prevention, HCV natural history (and effects of drugs on the liver), HCV testing/screening, assessing liver disease severity and non-invasive tools for liver disease assessment (e.g. FibroScan and APRI), antiviral treatment regimens and monitoring in the context of current PBS prescribing in Australia, and impact of drug use on treatment outcomes among PWID and reinfection. The curriculum will include a number of case studies and experiences of interferon-free therapy from a community perspective.

Program Target Audience: This workshop will be targeted towards physicians, nurses, case workers, pharmacists and other healthcare providers who are interested in learning about the preparation of patients for interferon-free DAA HCV therapy in the drug and alcohol treatment setting.

Workshop 2: NUAA Knows How: Passport to harm reduction

When:

Sunday 30 October
10.00am - 1.00pm
Cost:

$50 members*
$60 non members
Purchase 2 workshops and receive 25% off the total price^
Presenter:
To be confirmed
Overview:











‘Passport to Harm Reduction’ is harm reduction training delivered in a real-world context by experienced peer educators. Participants leave the workshop with a multifaceted and practical understanding of harm reduction and with a resource toolkit to enhance and support their work with people who use drugs.

Topics include:
  • Safer injecting: vein care, best practice for injecting, alternatives to injecting
  • Prevention of blood borne virus transmission and bacterial infection
  • Filtering drugs to reduce harm
  • Overdose identification and intervention
  • Methamphetamines use – how to reduce harm and support your clients who use meth
  • Performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDS)

Workshop 3: Addressing methamphetamine use and co-occurring issues

When:

Sunday 30 October
1.00pm - 5.00pm
Cost:

$50 members*
$60 non members
Purchase 2 workshops and receive 25% off the total price^
Convenor:
Professor Amanda Baker, University of Newcastle, Australia
Overview:
People who use methamphetamine regularly commonly present for treatment displaying multiple health risk behaviours as well as other substance use, and mental and/or physical ill-health. This workshop will help participants to improve their clinical practices in working with these co-existing issues.

The presenters have worked extensively with people using methamphetamine in a variety of settings. In this practically focused workshop they will aim to improve participants’ knowledge and skills by 15 minute presentations followed by 15 minute interactive skills instruction in the following areas:
  • Treatment issues - A/Prof Adrian Dunlop
  • Emergency department presentations - Mr Stephen Ling
  • Methamphetamine use and mental health issues - Professor Amanda Baker
  • Evidence-based treatment: adapting for cognitive challenges - A/Prof Nicole Lee
  • Residential rehabilitation settings - Dr Peter Kelly
  • Working with young people and also addressing sexual risk-taking - Dr Suzie Hudson
Half an hour clinical discussion time will be available at the end of the workshop to raise clinical issues with the presenters.

Workshop 4: NUAA: Stigma and Discrimination Workshop

When:

Sunday 30 October
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Cost:

$50 members*
$60 non members
Purchase 2 workshops and receive 25% off the total price^
Presenters:
To be confirmed
Overview:





How do you make your service user friendly? Did you know that 80% of people who use drugs experience stigma and discrimination when accessing health services? Do you know to recognise and challenge micro-aggressions? Learn to recognise and change your service so that it is a “stigma-free zone”.

This workshop will:
  • Challenge the assumptions that result in stigma and discrimination,
  • Examine how what are often routine service practices are perceived by clients
  • Offer solutions on how to reduce stigma and support client engagement in services
The workshop is developed and delivered by NUAA’s peer workforce and incorporates the expertise that only peer-based drug user organisations have.

Workshop 5: Indivior Sponsored workshop: Codeine Dependence - Differences and Challenges

When:
Sunday 30 October
5.00pm - 7.30pm
Cost:
Free for full conference registrants
Presenters:
Dr Christina Rowan and Dr Suzie Nielsen
Overview:
This session will focus on over the counter codeine related substance use disorder including research that examines differences and similarities in patient population demographics, and the different treatment options.


*Members of APSAD or DANA 
^25% discount only valid when 2 PAID workshops are purchased for the same person. A light lunch will be provided for delegates' attending 2 workshops.