With Lou Reed’s song from 1972 “Walk on the Wild Side” playing quietly, indeed tentatively, in the background our conference of the same name, but these days usually referred to as the “WOWs Meeting”, was off to a great start with 148 people registered, predominantly D&A nurses.
Realizing that we were holding the meeting on Friday 13.5.11 it was appropriately themed “Double double, toil and trouble…Pills, poppies, patches and prescriptions” and the following speakers were asked to build their talks around this topic:
Dr Sue Ballantyne – Drugs of Dependence Unit Setting the scene: epidemiology from Queensland data
Dr Mandy Nielsen – Chronic Pain Australia -Opioid use in chronic pain: A health consumer perspective
Keynote Speaker: Dr Mike McDonough – Prescription opioid misuse
Dr Dawn Proctor – Engaging the patient with persistent pain
Keynote Speaker: Professor Maree Smith-Persistent pain and opioids
Sam Lenti –The (Retail) Pharmacists’ perspective
Tim Emerton-The role of the new Alcohol and Drug Nurse Practitioner
Colleen Blums – DANA
DANA was involved in all aspects of sponsorship, planning and presentation along with “Alcohol and Drug Services – Metro North Health Service District” and Reckit Benckiser whose sponsorship made the event possible.
Registrants were encouraged to stay to the very end by the prospect of not just engaging speakers but also with a chance to receive:
- 2 DANA memberships
- Two book vouchers from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
- Four books from Wiley-Blackwell
Merlo Coffee recently donated a “Coffee Training Day” to DANA Queensland. This was raffled and proceeds will be used to further the work of DANA.
Photographs of the forum are available here.