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International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury because of a drug overdose.
Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.
DANA was approached by a young woman, Jodie Hobbs, who was prepared to share her family’s tragic story about the loss of a beloved brother, Jamie, to an overdose. You can read Jodie’s and Jamie’s moving story by clicking here, Jamie’s story by Jodie
The New Zealand Ministry of Health has recently release its ‘Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan 2017-2021’. It contributes to achieving the overall vision of the New Zealand Health Strategy and specifically for mental health and addiction, this means enabling people to thrive and experience wellbeing wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.
‘This Action Plan recognises the importance of a combined effort to address the social determinants of health by working across health, justice and social sectors to ensure equitable positive outcomes for all New Zealanders.
It includes actions to develop a workforce with the right skills, knowledge, competencies and attitudes needed to design and deliver integrated and innovative responses.
The actions outlined in this action plan will support the development of the primary health care, community and specialist workforce to be well equipped, integrated, competent and capable to focus on improving health and wellbeing. It will guide decisions about investment and resourcing for the next five years and is relevant to all people working to improve outcomes for those with mental health and addiction issue’.
You can access a copy of the plan here, Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Plan 20017-2021 or visit the website of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
An Open Letter to the Victorian Parliament, published in the Herald Sun today (see link below), contains 48 signatories from key sectors of the Victorian community for a trial of a Medically Supervised Injection Facility in North Richmond.
Signatories include the Salvation Army, Anglicare, Ambulance Employees Australia, Australian Medical Association, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, other medical experts, Victorian Trades Hall Council, Yarra City Council, nurses, youth and health services, and leading drug agencies.
This demonstrates there is wide support for a Medically Supervised Injection Facility*.
DANA said the Open Letter calls on the Parliament of Victoria to support the trial – or more lives will be lost.
Read the open letter, Start Saving Lives.
* There are approximately 90 Supervised Injecting Facilities (SIF) globally and there is consensus among the experts on the marked achievements of SIF’s in reducing harms among highly vulnerable cohorts. In 2001, the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Sydney opened; evaluations of the Sydney MSIC have found that up to May 2015 it had:
- Successfully managed more than 6,089 drug overdoses without a single fatality
- Reduced the number of publicly discarded needles and syringes in the Kings Cross area by approximately half
- Decreased the number of ambulance call outs to Kings Cross by 80%
- Generated more than 12,000 referrals to health and social welfare services
Additional support for the North Richmond MSIC has come from the Coroner, Jacqui Hawkins. You can read in full the reason for her support at these two links.
However information has come to hand this morning suggesting that Martin Foley, Victorian Minister for Health has advised that the facility will not be approved. Read the story from The Guardian here.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is progressing to the second stage of the review of the Enrolled Nurse Accreditation Standards used to assess and accredit Diploma of Nursing Programs of study.
Your input into this review would be greatly appreciated. The second consultation paper and survey are available for your feedback on the ANMAC website. This period of consultation closes on Friday, 24 February 2017.
You, or your delegate, also have an opportunity to provide face-to-face feedback at forum hosted by ANMAC in Brisbane – Tuesday, 7 March 2017.
You can register your interest in attending the consultation forum by sending an email to email@example.com by Tuesday, 14 February 2017. Please include your:
- Name or name of your delegate
- Position and organisation
- Referring organisation, where relevant
- Contact phone and email details
- Any dietary or other requirements
For any queries regarding the consultation process or attendance at the forum please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The DEC 2016-JAN 2017 edition of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal will be featuring the topic DRUG & ALCOHOL in its focus section.
You are invited to contribute short articles (approx… 200-500 words). Photo stories are also welcome (specifications and instructions regarding permission to use photos are included in the writer’s guidelines).
The deadline for articles is FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER.
Go to this website for writers’ guidelines