DANA is delighted to endorse “Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Clinical Guidelines for Nurses and Midwives. Version 3. 2012”.
There is a long history behind this resource, throughout which DANA members have been involved. In 2000, under the leadership of Charlotte de Crespigny, the Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery and Drug and Alcohol Services Council (DASC) were given permission by NSW Department of Health to build on their NSW package titled: Alcohol and other drugs, policy for nursing practice in New South Wales: clinical guidelines 2000-2003, June 2000. The SA package was subsequently developed and published by Flinders University and DASC in 2003, titled:
de Crespigny C, Talmet J, Modystack K, Cusack L and Watkinson J. 2003. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs. A Framework for Policy and Standards, and Clinical Guidelines for Nurses and Midwives. Version 2. Published by Flinders University, South Australia.
This package was funded and distributed widely by SA Health/DASC. It was officially launched by SA Minister for Health, the Honourable Lea Stevens, at the First International Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Nursing and Midwifery Conference: ‘Making the World of Difference’, convened by DANA and Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Adelaide, April 2003.
Subsequently the SA package was acquired by WA Health, NT Health and Tasmanian Health Departments, and has been widely used since.
A revision of the Clinical Guidelines was initiated by SA DANA members, Jacky Talmet and Charlotte de Crespigny. Following extensive review by clinical experts Version 3 is now available electronically through the DASSA website – professional resources page www.dassa.sa.gov.au and through the DANA website (under the tab “Publications”).
Thank you Charlotte and Jacky!