ACECHO- AOD Collaborative ECHO

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.

ACECHO Timetable 2024 (February – July)

 

19th June, 2024

“Feeling Down with Downers?” Approaching substance use effects on mood in clinical practice
Presenter – Vicki Phan

Explore the connection between mood, substance use and addiction issues in this presentation. We will consider the challenges when working with these co-occurring presentations and discuss integrated approaches.

Vicky is an Addiction Psychiatrist working at Turning Point Eastern Treatment Services, a lecturer for the Master of Addictive Behaviours course at Monash University and Chair of the RANZCP Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry Victorian Subcommittee. Vicky has worked in AOD and mental health services in both NSW and Victoria, and believes in a holistic and person-centred approach when working with people and their families. Her areas of special interest include mental health comorbidity, harm reduction, pharmacotherapy, training and education.

 

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Submit a Case Presentation to ACECHO

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 Go to Form.

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ACECHO – AOD Collaborative ECHO

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.

ACECHO Timetable 2024 (February – July)

 

19th June, 2024

Is substance use the sign of an underlying problem, and is the underlying problem trauma?
Presenter – Vicky Phan

Trauma exposure, PTSD and related mental health problems frequently co-occur with substance use disorders. This presentation will discuss how to assess and treat these common issues in contemporary AOD practice settings, with a focus on trauma-focused psychotherapy approaches.

Vicky is an Addiction Psychiatrist working at Turning Point Eastern Treatment Services, a lecturer for the Master of Addictive Behaviours course at Monash University and Chair of the RANZCP Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry Victorian Subcommittee. Vicky has worked in AOD and mental health services in both NSW and Victoria, and believes in a holistic and person-centred approach when working with people and their families. Her areas of special interest include mental health comorbidity, harm reduction, pharmacotherapy, training and education.

 

Launch zoom meeting

 

Submit a Case Presentation to ACECHO

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 Go to Form.

Go to Form

 

ACECHO – AOD Collaborative ECHO

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.

 

ACECHO Timetable 2024 (February – July)

 

28 February 2024

Nitrous Oxide, Laughing Gas, not the best medicine
Presenter Dr Ferghal Armstrong, FRACGP, FAChAM, FASLM

An essential session for AOD workers, this presentation tackles nitrous oxide use, dependence, and its medical consequences. With a focus on the increasing prevalence, especially among young individuals, the goal is to equip workers with insights into the potential serious effects of nitrous oxide use.

Dr Ferghal Armstrong graduated from the Queen’s University Belfast in 1999. He trained and practised as a GP in Wales, UK, and then emigrated to Australia in 2014. He founded and managed Blackfish Medical Clinic, a GP practice in Koo Wee Rup in 2016. He completed training in Addiction Medicine in 2020 and now works full-time at Turning Point as an Addiction Medicine Specialist.

 

Launch zoom meeting

 

Submit a Case Presentation to ACECHO

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 Go to Form.

Go to Form

 

ACECHO – AOD Collaborative ECHO

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.

 

ACECHO Timetable 2024 (February – July)

 

27th March 2024

The Green Shoots of Recovery: Lifestyle Medicine and AOD
Presenter: Ferghal Armstrong

Embark on exploring the six pillars of lifestyle medicine and their impact on mental health and AOD. Uncover the intricate connections between the feet, fork, fingers, sleep, socialisation, and stress management as we delve into their pivotal roles in recovery and resilience. Join us in understanding how these lifestyle choices can be transformative green shoots, nurturing a path to holistic well-being and sustainable healing.

Dr Ferghal Armstrong graduated from the Queen’s University Belfast in 1999. He trained and practised as a GP in Wales, UK, and then emigrated to Australia in 2014. He founded and managed Blackfish Medical Clinic, a GP practice in Koo Wee Rup in 2016. He completed training in Addiction Medicine in 2020 and now works fulltime at Turning Point as an Addiction Medicine Specialist.
 

Launch zoom meeting

 

Submit a case presentation to ACECHO

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.

Go to Form

 

ACECHO – AOD Collaborative ECHO

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.

ACECHO Timetable 2024 (February – July)

 

24th April, 2024

Opioid Pharmacotherapy – What’s New
Presenter: Jon Cook

Hear about the latest in the opioid pharmacotherapy system overseas and at home in Victoria.

Jon Cook is an Addiction Medicine Specialist and has served as the Head of Addiction Medicine at Western Health for six years. With a background in community health and youth AOD services, Jon brings valuable expertise to the intersection of medicine and community well-being.

 

Launch zoom meeting

 

Submit a Case Presentation to ACECHO

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 Go to Form.

Go to Form

 

ACECHO – AOD Collaborative ECHO

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.

 

ACECHO Timetable 2024 (February – July)

 

22nd May, 2024

Substance use and the Liver – wins, losses and getting from A to B to C
Presenter – Adam Pastor

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.

 

Launch zoom meeting

 

Submit a Case Presentation to ACECHO

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.

Go to Form