Workshops: Codeine up-scheduling

7 December 2017

From 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter in pharmacies.

The Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is working in collaboration with Primary Health Networks and pain specialists to ensure health professionals dealing with chronic and acute pain management have alternative strategies to use in preparation for 1 February and beyond.

The TGA will be hosting a series of evening workshops on the up-scheduling of codeine. These sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to engage with senior TGA representatives as well as leading specialists in acute and chronic pain management and addiction.

Details on the agendas and speakers are in the program below.

Who should attend?

Health professionals including GPs, pharmacists, dentists, pain specialists, nurses and other allied health professionals would benefit most from these events.

Cost

No charge

How to register

Location Date Session time Arrival time Registration

Brisbane

Novotel Brisbane Airport
6-8 The Circuit Brisbane Airport, QLD

Wednesday, 13 December 6:00 - 9:00pm 5:00 - 5:45pm Register now

Wagga Wagga*

Mercure Hotel
1 Morgan St, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Thursday, 14 December 6:00 - 9:00pm 5:00 - 5:45pm Register now

*Webinar: The Wagga Wagga event will also be recorded live and broadcasted via webinar. Limited places are available; please register for webinar using the registration link above.

Video Recording: The Brisbane event will be recorded and available to view on the TGA and Queensland Health website

Travel: Financial support for flights and accommodation will be considered for those with significant distance to travel. Requests for travel support should be made through the relevant registration link above.

Contact us

Should you have further questions about the Codeine up-scheduling workshops, please email RSVPHPRGExecutive@health.gov.au.

Programs

Brisbane program
Time Topic
From 5:00pm Registration and finger food
6:00pm Scheduling decision and rationale
Adjunct Prof. Tim Greenaway, Therapeutic Goods Administration
6:30pm Alternative options to codeine-containing OTC medicines
Anthony Hall, Clinical Pharmacist, Gold Coast Interdisciplinary Persistent Pain Centre
7:00pm Management options for chronic non-cancer pain
Associate Professor Paul Gray, Director, The Professor Tess Cramond Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
7:30pm Implications for rural and remote communities
8:00pm Strategies for working with dependent patients
Jeremy Hayllar, Clinical Director, Metro North Mental Health - Alcohol and Drug Service, Brisbane
From 8:30pm Discussion panel and Q&A
Wagga Wagga program
Time Topic
5:00 - 5:45pm Registration and finger food
6:00pm Scheduling decision and rationale
Adjunct Prof. Tim Greenaway, Therapeutic Goods Administration
6:30pm Alternative options to codeine-containing OTC medicines
Luke van der Rijt, Pharmacist, Wagga Wagga
7:00pm Management options for chronic non-cancer pain
Dr Suyin Tan, Clinical Director Anaesthesia & Pain Management, Nepean Hospital
7:30pm Implications for rural and remote communities
Peta Rutherford, CEO, Rural Doctor's Association of Australia
8:00pm Strategies for working with dependent patients
Dr Rod MacQueen, Addiction Medicine Physician
From 8:30pm Discussion panel and Q&A