This webinar will provide an overview of new screening tools that have been developed and validated for use in Australian populations prescribed opioids for chronic pain. The tools were developed to assist with monitoring for outcomes with prescribed opioids including assessing pain, side effects and problems that may emerge for people that are prescribed opioids.
Associate Professor Suzanne Nielsen (BPharmSc[Hons] PhD MPS) is the Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre in Melbourne, and is a current NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2019-2022). Suzi also holds an Honorary Professorial appointment at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, is an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Burnet Institute, is a Conjoint Senior Research Fellow, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (UNSW Sydney), and is an Honorary Research Fellow, Alfred Hospital Pharmacy Department. Suzi leads a program of research that focuses on how to reduce opioid-related harm through improved identification and treatment of prescribed opioid use disorder, fentanyl surveillance, overdose prevention, and naloxone provision. The tools presented in this webinar were developed through an NHMRC funded ‘Translating Research into Practice Fellowship' (2017-2018). Suzi has been a registered pharmacist for more than 20 years with extensive experience in community and specialist substance use treatment settings