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IFPA Conference: Drug Use – A Reproductive and Sexual Health Perspective

By April 6, 2008News

– Release date: 07 April 2008

The Irish Family Planning Association in conjunction with the North Eastern Regional Drugs Task Force presents; 'Drug Use: A Reproductive and Sexual Health Perspective'.

The two-day event which took place in Dundalk, was aimed at providing information to medical, nursing and all other professionals working directly and indirectly with the drug using community.

A variety of specialist speakers (See below for agenda) explored pertinent issues surrounding the reproductive and sexual health of drug-users.

Specifically the conference will explore practice methods and referral pathways for working with drug-users in management of reproductive and sexual health issues. Full conference programme will be available on line shortly.

This conference was funded by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs through the North Eastern Regional Drugs Task Force.

A Conference report including the presentations of all speakers will be available shortly.

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DRUG USE: A REPRODUCTIVE AND SEXUAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVE

– DAY ONE: SATURDAY 5TH APRIL 2008

9.30am Registration

10.00am Conference Opening
Andy Ogle, Coordinator, North Eastern Regional Drugs Task Force

Chairperson for Day: Niall Behan, IFPA Chief Executive.

10.15am Key Note Address: ‘Drug Use within the Irish Context’
Tony Geoghegan (Director), Merchants Quay Ireland

Speakers:
'An Overview of HIV/AIDS’ – Dr Sarah Woods, Domville House

‘Hepatitis C and Drug Users’ – Dr Shay Keating, MB PHD Dip GUM (Specialist), Trinity Court Treatment Centre

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Workshops (45minutes each)
All three workshops will be run at the same time, and repeated during the second workshops session of the day. Delegates will have the option of selecting two of the workshops on offer

Workshop One: 'Sexually Transmitted Infections and Drug Use : issues for Women'
Mary O'Neill, Project Manager Sexual Health, HSE Dublin Mid Leinster

Workshop Two: ‘Contraception and Drug Use’
Dr Tracey Murray, DRANZCOG DFFP, Irish Family Planning Association

Workshop Three: ‘Ethical Issues – Ethical Dilemmas’
Maeve Foreman, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College

3.00pm Tea Break
3.30pm Feedback from Workshops
4.00pm Close of Day One

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DAY TWO: SUNDAY 6TH APRIL 2008

10.00am
Chairperson for Day : Nazih Eldin, Head of Health Promotion, Dublin North East, Health Service Executive

Speakers:
'Microbicides’ – Dr Samantha Govinder, Global Campaign for Microbicides, London

‘Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome’ – Christine McDermott, Advanced Nurse Practioner(Neonatology), Rotunda Hospital

‘Interagency Case Management and Care Planning' – Caroline Gardner, Progression Routes Initiative, SAOL Project, Dublin

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Workshops (45 minutes each)
All three workshops will be run at the same time, and repeated during the second workshops session of the day. Delegates will have the option of selecting two of the workshops on offer.

Workshop A: ‘Pregnancy and HIV’
Debbie Ward, Drug Liaison Nurse, St James’s Hospital GUIDE Clinic

Workshop B: ‘Interagency Case Management and Care Planning’
Caroline Gardner, Progression Routes Initiative, SAOL Project, Dublin

Workshop C: ‘Role of the Drug Liaison Midwife’
Justin Gleeson, Drug Liaison Midwife, HSE Addiction Services, Northern Area

3.00pm Tea Break
3.30pm Feedback from Workshops
4.00pm Close of Conference
Michael Walsh, Chairperson, North Eastern Regional Drugs Task Force