The AOD Collaborative ECHO (ACECHO) partnership involves VAADA, Turning Point, and Goulburn Valley Health. This dedicated ECHO for Victorian AOD state-funded services aims to enhance the capabilities of AOD workers in addressing substance use issues among their clients. The primary objective of these sessions is to foster a community of AOD workers with varying levels of expertise, united by the shared goal of improving the well-being, and achieving positive outcomes, for individuals with problematic substance use.
Conducted under the guidance of Turning Point, each session commences with a presentation delivered by a Turning Point expert or a related professional, focusing on a specific topic. This is followed by an in-depth case consultation, during which attendees have the opportunity to ask questions or offer recommendations based on a case study presented by one of the participants.
Join Adam Pastor as he navigates the landscape of liver health in individuals grappling with substance use disorders, with a focus on alcohol and opioids. This presentation will provide insights into the latest developments in Hepatitis C, alcohol-related liver disease, screening tests for liver disease complications, and more. Explore the nuanced intersections of substance use and liver health, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the challenges, successes, and the journey from A to B to C.
Adam graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and was attracted to training in Addiction Medicine through its mix of pharmacology, impact on human physiology, mental health and public health. He has a particular interest in the interplay between chronic medical conditions and substance use, as well as medications used to assist in the management of alcohol and other substance use disorders. Adam has spent considerable time in the Northern Territory and is a former Director of NT Drug and Alcohol Services and current Deputy Director of Addiction Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne.
Case presentations by participating healthcare providers are the cornerstone of the ECHO model. Presentations are always followed by an open Q & A discussion of the case and recommendations by the hub team. To submit a case study, click on Go to Form.
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