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The theme of this conference is In the age of complexity. The conference will highlight the issues around drug and alcohol nursing, with the conference guaranteed to identify and examine the current issues and problems facing drug and alcohol nursing. DANA provides leadership to nurses and midwives with a professional interest in alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) issues. DANA seeks to provide opportunities for professional development, education, mentoring and support for all nurses and midwives, and non-nursing peers through a variety of activities including a showcase annual conference.
The objectives of the conference are to:
The 2012 Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australasia (DANA) conference was held over three days at the Sebel-Citigate Hotel in Albert Park, Victoria. The conference brought together nurses, midwives and other health workers from across Australia and New Zealand. The conference theme was In the age of complexity, and sought to empower members of the alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) workforce in dealing with the complex and diverse nature of work they have with clients with ATOD issues.
The first day of the conference was dedicated to professional development education workshops in pain management and harm reduction. On the second day, all the delegates came together for the official commencement of the national conference, followed by concurrent sessions through the rest of the second and third day. Presentations and workshops covered several topics, including: the impact of substance use on the brain, body and behaviour; developing the ATOD workforce; whole of life recovery pathways; and the changing face of ATOD nursing.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (AIH) conducted an internet café on days two and three of the conference. The stand was well attended with many of the 200 delegates taking an interest in the AIH reviews of alcohol use, illicit drug use and volatile substance use among Indigenous Australians, as well as some of the other promotional material on offer. Feedback provided by the delegates was overwhelmingly positive, with many noting that they are frequent visitors to the AIH website. The conference also provided the ideal opportunity to promote the Substance use yarning places - designed to provide networking and information for workers interested in the Indigenous substance use area.
AIH Research Officer, Avinna Trzesinski, also presented on the third day of the conference, where she introduced the AIH website and encouraged those professionals attending to use and share the information on the site to other colleagues and also disseminate any publications, resources or programs of their work through the site.HealthInfoNet cafes
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