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Assessing and Managing Withdrawal - Opioids

by Insight

  • date & time

    Tue. 26 Oct 2021
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • location
    Zoom login information will be emailed to you 48 hours prior to the event.

Assessing and managing withdrawal is a core component of alcohol and other drug treatment.  This course provides an overview of the assessment and management of withdrawal for people who are dependent on opioids as outlined in the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Clinical Practice Guidelines.  It is one of five sessions, with each session focussing on a different substance of dependence, and is suitable for all AOD and mental health practitioners, especially Nurses working within these settings.

By the end of this workshop learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a generalised understanding of opioids including its pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Interpret and manage the signs and symptoms of opioid intoxication
  • Implement an alcohol and other drug assessment, focusing on identifying and managing the risks for people who use opioids
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of opioid dependence and withdrawal 
  • Apply a patient-centred management plan for opioid dependence and withdrawal which determines and manages potential risks.

This workshop is not recommended if you have previously completed the Assessing and Managing Withdrawal workshop, or Introduction to Withdrawal Management.

Pre-requisite: AOD and the Brain (eLearning, workshop or 2x Virtual Classroom Session)

Other pre-learning recommendations: Understanding Opioids eLearning

System requirements:

Prior to signing up please ensure you have access to a computer with reliable internet connection that will allow streaming of video. Access to a webcam and microphone is also required. Details and instructions on how to join the meeting will be sent to all registered participants in the lead up to the session. To check out Zoom prior to training, please go to

NB: This workshop is open to QUEENSLAND workers only, and completing all 5 sessions is a prerequisite for the Advanced Withdrawal Course for Nurses.

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