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What's the Harm in Harm Reduction?

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What's the Harm in Harm Reduction?

The ‘What’s the Harm in Harm Reduction’ conference is a collective action community-based initiative whereby several individuals and organizations from the nonprofit, private and government sectors have come together to bring a unique and timely educational opportunity to our region. The conference is being held on March 29, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, to discuss the Opioid Crisis and the rapidly increasing role that harm reduction will play in the continuum of care.

There will be a networking opportunity available after the conference from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., where conference goers will also have the option of participating in our ‘Save a Life’ training sessions facilitated by the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit. Participants of this specialized training will learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and will receive a NARCAN / Naloxone kit and training on how to administer this life saving medication.

As you may be aware, we have a crisis that is sweeping our nation that has now claimed more lives last year than HIV/AIDS did at the height of its’ epidemic in the mid-90s, making the Opioid Crisis the worst public health crisis in the history of our country, including within Ontario itself. Early model data predictions indicate that the loss-of-life trajectory Ontario is on will be significant, unless swift evidence-based action is taken. These deaths are preventable, and we believe that if ignorance is at the root of this epidemic, then education is the cure.

Change is inevitable and will start to happen relatively quickly, so this conference will present an opportunity to help our local communities understand and prepare for what those changes may start to look like. Examples include Overdose Prevention Sites, Supervised Injection or Consumption Sites, Diamorphine/Heroin Maintenance Programs, an introduction of a regulated drug supply, etc. You may be thinking “this doesn’t apply to us as it only happens in big cities”. The early model data is also predicting that smaller communities will begin feeling the impact of this crisis in the near future, meaning it’s not a question of ‘if’ it will affect our local communities, but ‘when’.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark Tyndall who is the Executive Director of the Centre for Disease Control at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Tyndall is highly regarded by his peers to be one of the brightest minds in the field, globally, and is literally on the cutting edge of innovation in harm reduction in Canada. He will share with us his research and evidence-based innovations and interventions that can assist with slowing down this epidemic.

So, the questions are ‘how do you know what you don’t know?’, ‘are you prepared to learn what you don’t know?’, and of course, ‘What’s the Harm in Harm Reduction’? We hope you will join us and find out.



Registration

The WHHR 2018 Conference Planning Committee is proud to be able to offer this educational opportunity for FREE.

As we expect the demand to attend the conference will exceed available seats (400) with the conference being free, all conference registrants will be 'waitlisted' by default and approved by the WHHR 2018 Conference Planning Committee. This step is necessary to help ensure there is fair representation of our intended audiences at the conference. Once we have confirmed we have a spot available for you, you will receive an email with an invitation to claim your ticket which you will have seven (7) days to claim. If you do not claim your spot within the allotted time frame, your ticket will be considered forfeit and awarded to the next person in line. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.



Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 – Registration

8:30 – 9:30 – How did we get here?

9:30 – 10:30 – Keynote – Leading Innovation in Harm Reduction

10:30 – 10:45 – Morning Break

10:45 – 11:45 – Morning Concurrent Sessions

  • New Harm Reduction Interventions in Ontario: Supervised Injection / Consumption Sites, Overdose Prevention Sites, and Peer-Based Harm Reduction Satellite Sites
  • Managing Complex Cases: Harm reduction strategies to work with people who leave against medical advice in primary care settings.
  • Best Practices in Harm Reduction: Evidence-based interventions to reduce associated harms of substance use, including an overview of Needle Syringe Programs (NSPs) and the emerging role of mobile health units, pharmacists and peers
  • Chronic Pain Management: Non-pharmacological and pharmacological management and interventions.

11:45 – 12:30 – Lunch

12:30 – 1:45 – Panel Discussion – The Opioid Crisis

1:45 – 2:00 – Afternoon Break

2:00 – 3:00 – Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

  • Primary Care Harm Reduction: Opioid Substitution Therapy / Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinics (RAAM) / Mentoring, Education, and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care–Hospital Integration (META:PHI)
  • Women’s Centered Harm Reduction An introduction to using a harm reduction approach to provide compassionate and respectful care and support to women, including mothers, who use substances.
  • Our Voices: Nothing About Us Without Us. An open discussion with individuals who have lived or living experience with substance use on the necessity of including the voices of lived experience and peers into our work.
  • Hepatitis C: The ‘Silent Killer’. HCV is being diagnosed at a statistically significant higher rate than the provincial average in the Lambton-Kent-Essex corridor. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?

3:00 – 3:30 – Moving Evidence into Action

The conference officially ends at 3:30 p.m. and participants will be provided with their certificate of completion at this time.

3:30 – 4:30

  • Networking Hour
  • ‘Save a Life’ Training: Overdose prevention, recognition and response training.
  • Local Documentary Preview: Aging & HIV



Intended Audience

The WHHR 2018 planning committee recognizes and understands the content of this conference will appeal to a very broad audience base. As we expect demand for the conference to exceed the number of seats available, this conference has been tailored towards the following audiences:

  • Health Care Professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, etc.)
  • Public Health Professionals who provide support people who use substances
  • Social Service Professionals who provide support to people who use substances
  • Community Based Organizations who provide support to people who use substances
  • Police, Fire & Emergency Services Personnel
  • Community Leaders and Policy Makers
  • Researchers who work with people who use substances
  • Medical, Nursing and Social Work College/University Students (final year)
  • Volunteers who play an active role in supporting people who use substances
  • People with lived/living experience using substances, including individuals in peer support roles

Applicants who work and/or reside in the Lambton-Kent-Essex area will receive priority registration status.



Accommodations

Accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn Express, located adjacent to the John D. Bradley Centre. Telephone: (519) 351-1100.



Travel Assistance Bursaries

Travel assistance bursaries may be available for people who identify as someone who uses substances within the Lambton-Kent-Essex area to assist with your ability to attend the conference.

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