Some 26 members and guests gathered at the Novotel Oasis Resort for this inaugural meeting. Several had travelled a long way to attend: Tully, Innisfail and Mareeba to mention a few.
The topic for the evening was “Balancing Pain and Dependence: Managing persistent pain, prescription opiate misuse and opiate dependence”. Guest speakers addressed this topic according to their clinical interests and expertise:
- Dr Clifton Timmins – Anaesthetist and pain specialist (Cairns)
- Dr Leann Mortimer – Addiction specialist (Cairns)
- Dr Sue Ballantyne – Director Drugs Dependence Unit (Brisbane)
Each of the presenters stimulated a very lively discussion which continued well past dessert and coffee!
Thank you to Morag Goodinson, one of our DANA members who works in Cairns, for getting the word out to everyone about the meeting and thank you to Jo McMaster from Reckit Benkiser for her support of the meeting.
The good folk from the Australian Pain Management Association (APMA) donated a few “Chronic Pain” DVDs for the Cairns meeting. Some were given out on the night but two remain. The first two people from North Queensland to contact DANA may have a copy. Send an email with you postal address to [email protected]. (These DVDs have been claimed 10.5.11)
Photographs of the evening are available by following this link.