Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Brendan Hanley

Opioid Conference-May 31 - June 1, 2017

Last Updated: July 05, 2017

Preventing and Managing Opioid Addiction/Misuse Through Innovative Models of Care

This conference was designed for anyone who works with people with addictions or chronic pain, particularly when opioids are involved.

Through this conference, we would like Yukon health care providers and policy makers to have an opportunity to learn about harm reduction in action, and the role of culture and community in recovery. We will explore community-based models of care that better support Yukoners struggling with addictions and/or pain. Finally, the conference will highlight evidence and current guidelines for opioid prescribing.

Thanks to all of the speakers and presenters:

  • Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Dr. Launette Rieb, University of British Columbia
  • Hazel Booth, Nurse Practitioner
  • Dr. Leo Elwell, Psychiatrist, Mental Health Services
  • Louise Hardy, Clinical Counsellor, Kwanlin Dün First Nation Health Centre
  • Dr. Jonathan Hawkins, Chilkoot Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Centre
  • Pamela Holmes, Physiotherapist, Prime Meridian Physiotherapy
  • Dr. Sharon Lazeo, Taiga Referred Care Clinic
  • Mieke Leonard, Executive Director, Yukon Registered Nurses Association
  • Kristy Lerch, Physiotherapist, Whitehorse Physiotherapy
  • Karen Nicloux, First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun
  • Leslie van Tongeren, Therapy Services, Whitehorse General Hospital

Session 1: Perspectives From the Front Lines – Harm Reduction in Action

Participants will come away with an understanding of why principles of harm reduction and trauma-informed care are helpful in working with specific populations; how to apply these ideas in daily work; and what resources exist in Whitehorse and communities

Preventing Addiction: A Primary Health Care Approach
– Presentation by Hazel Booth, Nurse Practitioner, Taiga Referred Health Clinic

Suboxone
– Presentation by Dr. Leo Elwell, Psychiatrist, Mental Health Services

Trauma Informed Care
 Presentation by Louise Hardy, Clinical Counsellor, Kwanlin Dün First Nation Health Centre

Taiga Referred Care Clinic
 Presentation by Dr. Sharon Lazeo, Taiga Referred Care Clinic

 

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Session 2: Models of Community-Based Care

A look at models of care for pain and addictions, focusing on the role of culture and community in prevention and recovery. We will also examine models involving the use of suboxone/opioid substitution.

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Session 2A: Culture Is An Intervention: Community Wellness & Treatment

Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner

Culture is an Intervention: Community Wellness and Treatment
- Presentation by Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, Thunder Bay

VIDEO PRESENTATION: In this Heaven” (47 minutes) http://aje.io/g4kh  

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Session 2B: Adolescent Opioid Addiction: High School Based Suboxone Program

Presenter: Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner

Adolescent Opioid Addiction: High School-Based Suboxone Program
- Presentation by Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, Thunder Bay

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Session 3: Regulatory Environment for Nurses

Discussion will include the regulatory environment for opioid use, the importance of self-care for care providers (e.g. PTSD, trauma); and will finish with scenario work. Presenter: Mieke Leonard, Executive Director, Yukon Nurses Association

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Session 4: Non-Pharmacological Methods of Treating Pain

We will investigate a spectrum of approaches for helping clients to manage pain. These include options available to people living in Whitehorse and communities, as well as options for people who face barriers to access.

Recap fo Day 1 & Panel Presentation: Non-Pharmacological Management for Acute & Chronic Pain
- Recap by Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley.
- Panel Presentation: Non-Pharmacological Management for Acute & Chronic Pain

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Session 5: Community-Based Models of Care for Prevention, Pain Management, and Addiction

Mae Katt joins us for a working session to dig deeper into models of care – for prevention, pain management, and addictions – that would be well-suited for Yukon.

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Session 6: Framing Addictions

Presenter: Dr. Launette Rieb

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Session 7: Overview of Addiction Medicine with Detoxification and Stabilization Protocols (with an emphasis on opioids)

Presenter: Dr. Launette Rieb

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Session 8: Rationale Behind New BC Guidelines on Opioid Prescribing

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Session 9: The Relief that Binds You – Mechanisms of Pain Mediated Through Opioid Use

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