Harm Minimisation Stream to provide expert updates for APP2023 delegates

The Harm Minimisation Stream at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP2023) continues to grow in stature, importance and popularity with facilitator and Community Pharmacist, Angelo Pricolo ready to unpack key topics with expert presenters on Friday 24 March.

“As we endeavour to practise to our full scope, the list of medicines we can inject in our pharmacy is expanding. Leading experts from around the country will cover a range of harm minimisation medicines and strategies to learn from,” says Mr Pricolo.

“We are fortunate to again have two of our dedicated sponsors, Indivior and Camurus, assist in pulling together the program with outstanding line up of presenters from around the country.”

These presenters include:

  • Dr Jacinta Johnson, University of South Australia’s Advanced Practice Pharmacist will discuss one of the first non-vaccine injection and the current way it is administered in different jurisdictions in Australia. Dr Johnson will also update attendees on the use and availability of the different forms of naloxone and its relevance in conjunction with high-dose opioid pain medication and the risks involved with overdoses in this cohort.
  • Dr Jeremy Hayllar will present a session on alcohol and the drugs used to treat acute withdrawal, as well as those currently in use to minimise cravings.
  • Dr Susan Baidawi a researcher and fellow pharmacist will discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). This is a session not to be missed for its power and relevance to so many people we treat regularly in our pharmacies.
  • Dr Paul MacCartney, an Addiction Medicine Specialist who will unpack the societal issues we face with the increase in illicit fentanyl being circulated. This trend has been vividly realised in Canada and North America, and Dr MacCartney wants to prepare a system for reducing risk.
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