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Ice Abuse in Regional Communities

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University of South Australia, Whyalla Campus

111 Nicolson Avenue

Whyalla Norrie, SA 5608

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Crystalline methamphetamine, more commonly known as the drug ice, causes significant harm to users, distress to families and friends and poses a high risk to regional communities as consumption increases.

Admissions to public hospital emergency departments by ice users experiencing acute psychosis are common. Delivering person-centred care to someone in an acute psychotic state presents challenges for nursing, medical and allied health staff. Current practice leans toward physical and pharmacological restraint but does this demonstrate best practice, particularly when nurses work within a professional practice framework underpinned by caring with kindness?

In this free public lecture, Professor Carol Grech, Head of School: Nursing and Midwifery will present the UniSA research being conducted in collaboration with colleagues working in the emergency setting and mental health services. Professor Carol Grech will discuss emerging evidence, suggesting new approaches to models of care and the education of law enforcement personnel, paramedics, nurses and doctors who manage ice users with acute psychosis in order to reduce the impact these people have on emergency departments.


For further information contact Heidi Freeman on 8647 6049 or Heidi.Freeman@unisa.edu.au

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