With a strong demand for skills in the alcohol and other drugs sector, ANMF Education Centre has increased its offerings for members.
Nurses and midwives supporting pregnant women with a substance-use issue can upskill with two new online seminars.
Both workshops will be presented by nurse and midwife Elvira Earthstar, and social worker Meg Hardiman from The Women’s – Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS), providing participants with a multidisciplinary approach.
Session 1: Caring for women using opioids and methamphetamine in the perinatal period
30 March 2021, 9.30am-12.30pm
You’ll learn about learn about opioid use during pregnancy including prescription use, heroin, methadone, buprenorphine and more, and the effect it can have on the baby following birth and breastfeeding.
The workshop will also cover how to care for women and their babies within a trauma-informed framework, such as family violence, along with accessing termination services in Victoria and how to counsel women to come to a decision. A case study will be presented with discussion from participants encouraged.
Session 2: Alcohol, cannabis, tobacco and child protection in the perinatal period
27 April 2021, 9.30am-12.30pm
You’ll learn about alcohol, cannabis and tobacco and the effect these substances have on the pregnancy, breastfeeding and the baby.
The workshop will also cover the role of child protection, and access to appropriate contraception for this cohort of women. A case study will be presented with discussion from participants encouraged.
It is recommended that participants attend both sessions to cover the full range of substances and psycho-social complexities. To register, go to ANMF Education Centre.