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The topic of addictions was high on the agenda at the inaugural Nursing Education Forum held at Wellington nstitute of Technology last week.
Associate Minister of Education, the Hon. Heather Roy, delivered the opening address and spoke about the increasing recognition of the problems facing nurses and the importance of increasing understanding in the area of dual diagnosis within the health workforce.
“ t is becoming increasingly known that illegal drugs are consumed in large uantities by those with serious psychiatric conditions and they are, of course, the last people who should be taking them. They are not alone in their drug abuse but they are of particular concern.”
Hosted in Wellington by WelTec, a national provider of addictions training, the forum focused on the issue of addictions with leading experts from Australasia presenting their latest findings to New Zealand nurses.
The forum is the first in what is hoped to be a series of continuing forums for nursing and allied health professionals. Representatives from the health, community and education sector present at the event advocated the need for nurses to have greater access to specialist training in addictions.
With such a growing demand in the sector, the need for more skilled addiction specialists is clear. Nurses, often right at the coal face, understand this need more than most. Nurses working within emergency services, public and private health are afforded a behind the scenes glimpse into a very real issue within New Zealand communities.