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AOD presentations in ED

Etza Peers

Etza Peers is a Clinical Nurse Consultant (Alcohol and Drug Service) at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. Her primary role is to help care for patients who are in withdrawal from a variety of drugs (Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Amphetamines, Opioids (including prescription opioids) and Cannabis. A typical day includes;

  • Supporting staff when there are complex patients on wards/departments
  • Assessment for counselling, detoxification, rehabilitation post discharge
  • Education and training in AOD for all staff

She works with all specialties excluding palliative care.

About this resource

This resource has been developed as a self directed powerpoint show. Etza will discuss the common AOD patients she sees in SCGH. As you progress through the powerpoint, you will be asked to reflect on the type of AOD patients you see in your clinic.

Key points

  • Alcohol is still the main problem drug affecting patients.
  • Methamphetamine use can cause a spectrum of morbidity.
  • Opioid related admissions are increasing.

This information sheet is a useful accompanying resource.


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

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