GML Drug and Alcohol Dependence Keynote Address

Renowned Professor John Currie provided the keynote address to an important and well-attended Gippsland Medicare Local (GML) meeting on drugs and alcohol this week.

Professor Currie is director of the National Centre for the Neurobiological Treatment of Addiction and a member of the Prime Minister’s principal advisory body – the Australian National Council on Drugs – on drug and alcohol policy.

Gippsland Medicare Local hosted the Specialist Pharmacotherapy Interest Network event in Morwell to a crowd of over 60 including health professionals, police, government department and community workers across Gippsland.

GML Board Chair, Dr Nola Maxfield, said Professor Currie “gave a compelling and very informative presentation” on the topic, ‘Top Secret:  Drug and Alcohol Stuff’ to the meeting.

“Professor Currie explained the new concept in the treatment of dependence that uses state-of-the-art knowledge of brain science,” Dr Maxfield said.

“This provides highly sophisticated and cutting edge neuroscience-based medical and neurological treatment programs for addiction problems including alcohol, illicit drugs, gambling and behavioural dependence, complex pain and obesity.”

“Professor Currie also emphasised that specialist dependence treatment is a coordinated approach and integrated into the care provided by each patient’s individual general practitioner or referring specialist,” Dr Maxfield said.

“These educational activities play an important role in ensuring that the people in the Gippsland community with alcohol and drug problems, together with their families and friends, have continued access to high quality care.”

GML organisers said the attendance at the event was very encouraging and Gippsland Medicare Local would “continue to connect Gippsland health professionals with quality education and professional development opportunities”.

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