Methamphetamine Use among Patients Admitted to the Behavioural Assessment Unit
Free Public Lecture
Emergency departments (EDs) are a critical point of access to health service for people with acute behavioural problems as a result of illicit substance use. This presentation presents the outcomes of a study undertaken to determine the prevalence of amphetamine/methamphetamine use among people presenting to EDs with acute behavioural disturbance, and prospectively map current processes of care for this group. The lecture will identify opportunities for improving discharge planning and care for people attending EDs adversely affected by amphetamine/methamphetamine use.
Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz, Head of Department of Nursing
Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz
Head of Department of Nursing
University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz is Head of the Department of Nursing at the University of Melbourne. Marie also holds an honorary position as Associate Professor Nursing at Melbourne Health. Since 2010 she has worked collaboratively with colleagues in the ED at Royal Melbourne Hospital on an interdisciplinary program of translational research focussed on optimising safety and quality of care in the ED. To date, A/Prof Gerdtz has completed over 80 peer reviewed publications in scholarly journals, government reports and book chapters and has obtained research funding from a range of industry sources and nationally competitive schemes.