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Understanding Pharmacotherapy

This presentation expanded participants’ understanding of pharmacotherapy, including:

  • Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) drugs and how they work in the body;
  • Use of OST in conjunction with other drugs;
  • Physical and mental side effects of OST;
  • Collaborative care of OST clients.

About the presenters: 

Dr David Jackson, a GP and Addiction Medicine Specialist, is the Clinic Medical Officer for Hobart Clinic, and also works in the community sector with young people, homeless people, and people who inject drugs.

David has been involved in the alcohol and drug sector for the past 20 years, mainly as a clinician but also in the teaching and policy areas.  Having pioneered the use of both methadone and buprenorphine in Tasmania, he retains a strong interest in the pharmacotherapy of drug dependence syndromes.

His other main interests include the general health of drug users; their rights; and the delivery of services of quality to them.

Tina Goodman has been a Mental Health Nurse for 30+ years including 12 years working in the AOD Sector in Victoria. This has included experience in all aspects of AOD treatment including youth withdrawal, specialist pharmacotherapy, counselling and case management and triage and assessment.

She has appeared in the Australian Drug Foundation ‘What drug is that?’ DVD, is a former member of the Steering Committee for Family Drug Help and worked with the Pharmacotherapy Specialist Advisory Group at the Drug And Poisons Unit in Melbourne.

Tina is particularly interested in the areas of Program and Workforce development.

Click here for David’s presentation.

Click  here for Tina’s presentation.