This presentation will explore the key elements of the Queensland Opioid Stewardship Program in relation to pain management while avoiding unintended harm.
Champika (Champs) has over 20 years’ experience as a pharmacist. Champs is currently enrolled in the MNHHS/AusHSI Graduate Certificate in Health Innovation program as well as undertaking a fellowship at Health Improvement Unit in CEQ . Champs has held the role of Quality Use of Medicines Pharmacist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital since 2008 and is an experienced researcher and quality improvement specialist who is passionate about implementing sustainable practice change to improve the use of medicines. In her current role, Champika has been involved in implementing the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program, the IV to Oral initiative, and various projects to improve management of anticoagulation. A key current research interest is optimising opioid prescribing in acute settings. Champs is currently undertaking several related projects across Metro North Hospital and Health Service and state-wide.