Specialised Training

Penington Institute’s training is designed to provide workers with vital information about safe drug use and how to prevent and respond to overdose.

No matter where you are located or what type of organisation you are, we can tailor training to meet your unique requirements.

Specialised training topics include:

Drug trends – the what, why and how

Patterns of drug use in Australia are constantly shifting. This training provides up-to-date information and advice on current and emerging trends. Attendees will learn about commonly used illicit drugs, how people use them, and how they are affected.

Overdose prevention

Overdose prevention covers a range of activities, from proactive conversations to referring clients to Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD). Learn how to discuss overdose and how to prevent it with clients.

Ice – crystal methamphetamine

Commonly known as ‘ice’, crystal methamphetamine is a potent drug associated with a range of negative outcomes, including psychosis. This training will provide workers with the knowledge and skills to understand ice use and its effects, and how to assist clients who are using ice.

Opioids and treatment for opioid dependency

All opioids – including opioid medicines and illicit drugs like heroin – carry risks of dependence and overdose. This training provides a detailed overview of different types of opioids, how they are used, and common treatments for opioid dependence.

Opioid overdose response including naloxone training

Each year, hundreds of Australians die from opioid overdoses. These deaths are avoidable if witnesses know the signs of overdose and how to respond. This training includes recognising and responding to opioid overdose, naloxone types, availability and administration.

Safe Retrieval and Disposal procedure

Step-by-step training on how to prevent and safely respond to inappropriately discarded needles and syringes, including what to do in the event of a needle-stick injury.

Pharmaceutical drugs

Practical information and strategies designed to improve your knowledge of common prescription drugs, their risks, and how to reduce associated harms such as medication management.

Lyrica / Pregabalin

Pregabalin (sold under the name Lyrica) is increasingly misused, leading to significant harms. This training focuses on pregabalin, its associated harms and known side-effects, and effective strategies to reduce them.

Working with challenging behaviours

Learn how to effectively manage challenging behaviour and build strong relationships with clients.

Performance and image-enhancing drugs

Use of performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) is increasing in Australia. A wide and varied range of PIEDs drugs are easily accessible. This training provides an overview of PIED use and risk, as well as effective harm reduction strategies.

Drug use and parenting

An overview of the risks of drug use, pregnancy and parenting. This training will help workers support clients through pregnancy and raising young children.

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder

An introduction to dual-diagnosis and co-morbidity. Training will cover the relationship between mental illness and substance misuse, challenges and up-to-date knowledge on how the needs of dual-diagnosis clients can be met.

Safe injecting practices

A comprehensive overview of injecting risks, safer injecting practices and effective harm reduction messages to relay to injecting clients.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change and Recovery Models.

How do we understand addiction and drug use? Participants will learn about addiction and the processes people who use drugs go through in their effort to reduce or cease their drug use.

Who our specialised training is for:

  • Aboriginal community health organisations
  • Alcohol and other drugs sector workers
  • Child Protection, Child First and Family Services workers
  • Corrections Department staff
  • Counsellors
  • Department of Health & Department of Justice staff
  • Hospital emergency department managers and staff
  • Housing staff
  • Local councils
  • Mental health staff/psychiatric nurses
  • Needle and syringe program staff
  • Police and paramedics
  • Social workers

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