The role of the drug and alcohol liaison nurse

The recent NSWNMA mental health and drug and alcohol nurses’ forum was extremely well attended. Lisa Ferguson, Drug and Alcohol CNC at St Vincent’s Hospital in inner-city Sydney, was the first speaker of the day, on the role of the drug and alcohol liaison nurse.

Lisa Ferguson speaks at Drug & Alcohol Forum 18_7_14

Listen to a podcast of Lisa’s talk.

Lisa Ferguson addresses the Drug & Alcohol Nurses Forum 18_7_14


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‘You couldn’t pay me to return to student nursing’ – Finn’s new grad diary 4

Here is the  fourth instalment of Finn Blackburn’s new grad diary for Nurse Uncut. Throughout 2014, Finn will record the ins and outs, ups and downs of her first year as a Registered Nurse. Today, Finn tells us why she’s glad she is no longer a student nurse.

Sorry for the gap in my blogs! I have been too fatigued to write anything other than my progress notes of late, but I am back for a little banter this week!

My last blog talked about me going to have cognitive behavioural therapy because I was feeling very stressed and anxious. Well, I went for one session only but didn’t get anything out of it.


I could go to another five sessions free of charge (I should get in quick before the Abbott government cuts more from health) but all the therapist kept saying was ‘well, I couldn’t do what nurses do, it is a lot of responsibility’. I remember she said at one point in our session, ‘see, if you make a mistake, you could kill someone, but if I make a mistake I just talk to him or her about it’. What am I supposed to do with that throwaway remark? I almost needed therapy for my therapy session. Like, obviously if I am seeing a therapist then I am little bit fragile. I was hoping she could give me coping mechanisms/tools for when I start to get stressed but all I got was ‘wow, you’re under a lot of pressure’. But it was free, so I should shut up right about now.

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Keep it public on the Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches Hospital is Not for Sale campaign is getting into gear. The NSW Government aims to largely replace Manly and Mona Vale public hospitals on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with a new hospital at Frenchs Forest. However, instead of being a public hospital, this will be operated by a private company in a private-public partnership (PPP). Nursing and midwifery staff will find themselves no longer public servants but in private employ, with concomitant eventual loss of conditions.

northern-beaches-FBLynn Hopper of Manly Hospital (third from right in this photo) raised that point at a recent community meeting, which had a surprise visitor – Premier Mike Baird, MP for Manly. Watch a short video of that meeting below.

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Anthony: with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Bougaineville

“The highest reward of my work in Buin was being able to report zero maternal mortality”. Nurse Anthony Flynn talks about his work in Papua New Guinea with Médecins Sans Frontières.

At the end of June last year I returned from Papua New Guinea’s province of Bougainville, where I worked for a year as Medical Head of Mission for the international medical humanitarian aid organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

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Anthony Flynn in front of a map of PNG in his office, PNG 2013.

Médecins Sans Frontières has been supporting the provincial health authority to implement primary health care services in south Bougainville since 2010.

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Podcasts: aged care nurses forum May 2014

The annual education forum for aged care nurses was held at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association in south Sydney in May.

You can listen to podcasts of the main guest speakers by clicking on the arrows. The link to the 2013 forum podcasts is below.

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