Perinatal Substance Use Conference

Date & Time
03 - 04 March 2023

Day 1 – 3 March

Substance use problems in pregnancy and parenting are an enduring dilemma, made all the more difficult with pandemic restrictions. In addition, rapid changes in the types of drugs used in the community creates challenges to practical care for many vulnerable parents and children. Topics addressed in this conference include:

1. The long-term impact of prenatal substance use on the child

2. Novel treatments and care models for improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families

3. The origins of intergenerational substance use

4. Discussion on the new types of substances of importance, including medicinal cannabis and psychotropic agents.

Day 2 – 4 March – 1/2Day Eat, Sleep, Console Workshop 

This ½ day workshop will be the first to introduce the Eat, Sleep, Console (ESC) model of care in Australia and New Zealand. ESC is a new and emerging, family orientated, evidence-based care model replacing the traditional Finnegan’s scoring assessment and treatment regime to treat Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). This workshop will introduce ESC in terms of assessment and treatment with the Dartmouth/Hitchcock training package from the USA. Attendees will be certified as ESC users following successful completion of the workshop.

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