Methamphetamine Use Among Patients Admitted to the Behavioural Assessment Unit

Free Public Lecture

Room 461, Arts West Building, North Wing, Parkville campus


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Dr Zerina Tomkins,

T: +61 3 8344 4511

Seminar in Nursing Clinical Research, presented by the Department of Nursing


Emergency departments (EDs) are a critical point of access to health service for people with acute behavioural problems as a result of llicit substance use. In this presentation we present the outcomes of a study undertaken to 1) determine the prevalence of amphetamine/ methamphetamine use among people presenting to EDs with acute behavioural disturbance who are admitted to the Behavioural Assessment Unit via routine saliva screening and self-report and 2)prospectively map current processes of care for this group. It is anticipated that this research will identify opportunities for improving discharge planning and inform the development of an evidence based model of care for people attending EDs adversely affected by amphetamine/ methamphetamine use.

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Associate Professor Marie Gerdtz is the Head of 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 inter-disciplinary 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.