Past seminars

Anex crystal methamphetamine (ice) training

Anex offered practical and informative training sessions on methamphetamine in metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria throughout late 2012 and early 2013. The misuse of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, had emerged as a significant concern throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria.  Unlike the speed of the eighties and nineties crystal methamphetamine is more potent, longer lasting and has increased potential for devastating effects on individuals, their loved ones and the community.

Relationship violence; more than you know

27 March, 2013
Sadly, domestic or relationship violence can take place in any family or intimate relationship and may be exacerbated by, or result in, problematic drug or alcohol use. Anex’s seminar provided frontline staff a greater understanding and awareness of domestic violence issues. It also improved confidence in engaging with clients where appropriate.

Legal highs seminar

3 October 2012
Technological change is rapidly affecting drug use behaviour. By tweaking the molecular structure of banned chemicals, new drugs have been developed that circumvent the law. These drugs are professionally packaged and have been marketed online using social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

This presentation, by Stephen Bright, provided participants with an overview of popular products, how the phenomenon developed and an understanding of the intersection between the internet emergent drugs and drug-related harm.

How the machismo of heteronormativity impeded LBGTQI people from accessing harm reduction services

15 October 2012
Dr Marcus Day spoke about how harm reduction services could do better for Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer and Intersex populations.  Dr Marcus Dayis the Director of the Caribbean Drug & Alcohol Research Institute based in Castries, Saint Lucia.

The transgenerational impact of problematic drug and alcohol use

Problematic alcohol and other drug use creates stress, conflict and anxiety for individuals and their families.  Family members often take on responsibility for reducing drug related harms, particularly the impact on children. Anecdotal feedback suggests that frontline health and welfare services are increasingly offering support to grandparents who care for their grandchildren because of their adult child’s drug use.

This seminar adressed issues relating to the impact of drug use on parenting and families, and offered practical and solution focused presentations on working effectively with families affected by problematic drug use.

Harmaceuticals: special session on fentanyl injection and overdoses

21 August 2011
Highly disturbing reports of fentanyl injection, serious injecting injuries and fatal overdoses emerged from the Albury-Wodonga and Riverina area. Anex convened an urgent round table seminar bringing together health, ambulance, police and other related agencies.

The panel included:
Innes Clark – Clinical Liaison Nurse Murrumbidgee Central Health District, Wagga Wagga
Martin Eames – Pharmacology Nurse, Gateway Community Health, Wodonga
Laurie Evans – Ambulance Area Duty Manager, Albury
Alan Fisher – Clinical Nurse Consultant, Murrumbidgee Local Health Network, Albury
Inspector John Wadsworth – NSW Police, Albury
Dr David Tillet – General Practitioner, Wodonga and Albury practising GP
Dr Brett Tod-Hunter – Pain Management Specialist, Albury-Wodonga

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

22 May 2012
Children exposed to alcohol while in the womb are at increased risk of brain damage. But the problems associated with fetal alcohol exposure don’t end when these children become adults. There may be thousands of adults across Australia affected by a range of lingering disorders.  While the importance of  preventative and early intervention strategies regarding the impact of alcohol consumption on pregnancy and infancy is ackowledged, this seminar focused on the long term problems associated with FASD and highlighted practical strategies for working effectively with this group of people.

In pursuit of perfection – harm reduction and steroids

9 November 2011
For some NSP staff, steroid use can be an unfamiliar area, from understanding what equipment to provide, what risks are involved in using the different products available and knowing how to advise clients on intramuscular injection. ‘In pursuit of perfection’ developed frontline services’ knowledge of the specific health and welfare needs of clients using performance enhancing drugs. This seminar featured Kay Stanton. For the past thirteen years Kay has worked as a Steroid Educator providing outreach support, new injecting equipment, education and harm reduction strategies to steroid users.

Suboxone film – briefing on new dose form

7 November 2011
On September 1 2011, the new Suboxone sublingual film dosage form was listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for opiate replacement therapy. The new film addresses some of the treatment challenges of the Suboxone sublingual tablet including supervision time. Anex’s webinar invited harm reduction practitioners to learn more about Suboxone film.

Harmaceuticals – boost your pill skills

September and October 2011
Anex conducted free seminars Victoria-wide on the problematic use of pharmaceuticals in September and October 2011. Demand for the project far surpassed our original expectations.  The original proposal estimated approximately 300 participants would attend the seminars.  Anex received over 550 registered expressions of interests and trained just fewer than 500 participants. These seminars were made possible by funding from the Ian Potter Foundation and Department of Health Victoria.

Pregnancy, parenthood and drugs

Anex held forums to discuss the complex issues surrounding illicit drug use, pregnancy and parenting. The forums were conducted by Anex and the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Services, Royal Women’s Hospital. It was funded by the Victorian Department of Health.

Anex produced a booklet Keeping mum and baby happy and healthy which is for women who are pregnant, parenting and using illicit drugs, as well as their partners.  The booklet addresses the key issues for parents and helps them to understand the issues and access support and care successfully. Printed copies of the booklet were distributed at the forums.

Download Keeping mum and baby happy and healthy

Perspectives from Beirut 2011

Anex held three free forums where a select panel reported report back on key items raised at the IHRA conference in Beirut, April 2011.

Drug Law Reform: International Trends

26 Nov 2011
Dr. Nadelmann visited Australia as a guest of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. The aim of this tour was to highlight international trends in drug policy and promote discussion on the need for drug law reform in Australia and around the world.