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Activity 2: Enhanced understanding of specific drugs and comorbid conditions

In this two-hour interactive education activity health care providers choose between a number of alcohol and drug / mental health topics (approximately four topics over a two-hour event). This will utilise short presentations either as a video lecture, PowerPoint presentation or information fact sheet. For example a group of GPs view short video lectures on topics (10-15 minutes each) presented by an alcohol and drug/mental health specialist.

After viewing the content a local facilitator leads participants in a question and answer discussion regarding the topic and local services available for patients.  A “Phone a friend” option is available - a Perth based specialist on hand to answer any clinical questions.

Alternatively health providers can view the online alcohol and drug lectures in their own time.

Learning objectives

  • Increase knowledge about locally relevant alcohol and drug topics.
  • Improve understanding of management and treatment of alcohol and drug issues in primary care.
  • Enhance collaboration between primary health and local services.

The alcohol and drug topics

  • Alcohol and pharmacotherapies for treatment
  • Young people and concerned parents
  • Mental health and drug use/ drug induced psychosis
  • Cannabis/synthetic cannabis
  • Medical cannabis
  • Methamphetamines/Ice
  • Opiates
  • Party drugs and emerging drugs
  • Sleep and benzodiazepines
  • Chronic pain

WA Primary Health AlliancePrimary Health Network: Perth North, Perth South, Country WA

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