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Analgesic and opioid stewardship

Facilitated by Chief Medical Officer Prof Andrew Wilson, this session covers:

  • recent interest/current work in analgesic stewardship in several healthcare settings
  • analgesic stewardship strategies that may be considered across various levels and sectors in healthcare
  • strategies for ensuring patients are appropriately educated about their analgesics.


From the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada:

  • Carolyn Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer
  • Sylvia Hyland, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer 
  • Dr Mike Hamilton, Physician Lead and Medical Safety Officer 
  • Alice Watt, Senior Medication Safety Specialist

Panel members

  • Thuy Bui, Analgesic Stewardship Pharmacist, Alfred Health
  • Prof David Scott, Director, Department of Anaesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, St Vincent’s Health and   Professor, Department of Critical Care, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne
  • Prof Malcolm Hogg, Head of Pain Services, Melbourne Health, Staff Specialist, Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Medication safety educational series

Consumer engagement

Facilitated by former SCV staff consumer lead, Belinda MacLeod-Smith, this session covers:

  • why the patient voice is critical during patient care and explain ways to involve patients in their care
  • the importance of continuous quality improvement processes including the reporting of errors and near misses as it pertains to a safety culture
  • why collaboration and communication are key factors in reducing preventable harm from medications.


Melissa Sheldrick, Patient and Family Advisor from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada will  present on the importance of medication safety throughout the dispensing process, from the point of view of a patient.

Panel members

  • Toni Howell, Medication Safety and Strategy Pharmacist, St Vincent’s Health
  • Mary O’Reilly, Medical Director of Quality and Patient Safety, Austin Health
  • Wendy Ewing, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Quality, Monash Health
  • Wendy Benson, Consumer Representative, SCV
  • Medication safety educational series

Multi-incident analysis

Facilitated by Nathan Farrow, Director, Centre for Patient Safety and Experience, SCV, this session covers:

  • steps of the multi-incident analysis process
  • how multi-incident analysis complements other medication incident analysis strategies. 

These webinars are interactive sessions to help healthcare professionals:

  • raise the profile of medicines safety issues relating to high-risk medicines and high-risk settings
  • hear and learn from the experiences of others
  • identify and address system vulnerabilities.

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Page last updated: 11 Apr 2022

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