WORKSHOPS TO HELP STAFF DEAL WITH ICE AFFECTED PATIENTS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced a workshop to help frontline staff in emergency departments manage and treat people presenting with severe behavioural disturbances, including those affected by ‘ice’.
Mr Anderson said ‘ice’ continues to be an issue in the local community and the workshop in Tamworth on Tuesday 5th April 2016 will assist frontline emergency department staff to better work with ambulance services and police to better manage behaviourally disturbed patients.
“Staff will be able to further build skills in de-escalation techniques, assessment, and treatment as well as explore referral pathways for patients.
“We know the devastating effects ‘ice’ can have on families and the wider community and we hear the horrifying stories of our emergency services coming into contact with the drug on a regular basis and that’s why we are taking action now to support our frontline staff in dealing with this drug.
“The local Ice Action Group will meet again in April to further discuss the education, support and rehabilitation networks that we need which will further assist families and our frontline staff to combat this growing issue.
“I remind the public to remain alert to signs of ice supply and manufacturing as often it’s the small anonymous efforts by community members that can lead police to major breakthroughs.
“Your information could help police smash the supply of these drugs in our region and help prevent lives being destroyed.”
Information, no matter how great or small, relating to the supply or manufacture of drugs should be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Anyone concerned about how ice is affecting themselves or a loved one is encouraged to seek help by calling the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 422 599, speaking with their GP, or visiting www.yourroom.com.au for further information.