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The Sydney Addiction Seminars are a post-graduate health education series now held under the auspices of Drug Health Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the Department of Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney. They are convened by Dr Richard Hallinan and Professor Paul Haber.


Wednesday 15th October, 2014

"Addiction and Overdose”

People who use alcohol and other drugs can be at high risk for fatal and non fatal overdose, involving the drugs themselves, and also various other types of medication including antipsychotics and antidepressants. In this seminar we will explore various types of overdose, how overdose may present, how it is managed, and how workers in the field of Alcohol and other Drugs can help reduce risk of overdose.

Dr Andrew Dawson is a Senior Staff Specialist, Clinical Toxicology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; and Director of the National Poisons Registry. He is also Clinical Professor Addiction Medicine, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney.

Objectives: At the end of this seminar, the participant will be able to:
1 Show knowledge of the epidemiology of overdose in people with who use drugs of dependence.
2 Show awareness of the major types of overdose (opioid, sedative/hypnotic, stimulant, neuroleptic, antidepressant) that may occur in this population and how they present.
3 Demonstrate understanding of the acute (hospital and non-hospital) management of overdose situations.
4 Show awareness of measures that can be taken to reduce risk of overdose in the AOD population.

Link to suggested pre-reading

We aim to make these seminars as interactive as possible. Please email your suggestions to for cases and questions to Richard Hallinan at


Venue: Scott Skirving Theatre, RPAH, Camperdown

6.30pm for introductions and refreshments, sessions starts at 7pm. No booking necessary, but to assist with catering please RSVP interest to or call Drug Health Services RPAH on 02 9515 6419

This seminar series attracts 2 points/hour for RACGP QA&CPD (activity number 715352).

The sessions and refreshments are again supported this year by Reckitt Benckiser, makers of buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone