Event Calendar

Prevention Week Event Calendar

Thank you for supporting the inaugural National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence Week May 14-18 2018. Please find below a list of the events happening near you!

MAY 14

Melbourne, VIC


Event: One-in-Eight campaign

Date and time: 14-18 May, Access Health and Community

Location: www.msrs.org.au (use the hashtags #msrs #wecanhelp)

Contact: Julius Ting at Julius.Ting@accesshc.org.au

Description: The Medication Support and Recovery Service is a unique treatment service for people who have problems with prescription and over-the-counter medications.  It has been commissioned by the Eastern Melbourne PHN and supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN program. This One-In-Eight campaign will raise awareness around the fact that one in eight people report misusing medications in their lifetime.

Warrnambool, VIC


Event: ScriptWise Community Forum

Date and time: 14 May 2018

Location: Mid City Motel – Warrnambool

Contact: Jan Read, janlread@gmail.com

Description: Prescription Medication: Misuse/Prevention/Awareness

MAY 15

Sale, VIC


Event: Pharmaceutical misuse: What you need to know

Date and time: 15 May 2018, 10 – 11:30am Forum 1, 1-2:30pm Forum 2

Location: The Wellington Centre (Carrang Carrang Room), 70 Foster Street, Sale

Contact: Natasha Jager, natasha.jager@adf.org.au


Workplace and community leaders, and health professionals are invited to find out more about pharmaceutical misuse and what they can do to reduce the impact of this growing problem.


In 2016, 477 people died in Victoria from overdosing on drugs, with pharmaceutical drugs taking more lives than any other:


– pharmaceutical drugs – 372 deaths
– illegal drugs – 257 deaths
– alcohol – 118 deaths*
*some people passed away with multiple drugs in their body.


The Alcohol and Drug Foundation are holding two 90 minute forums to discuss the impact of pharmaceutical misuse is having on our communities and providing attendees with resource kits to take away to continue the discussion.


Forum 1. – Workplace and Community Leaders
Forum 2 – Health Professionals
Seats are limited and registrations are compulsory to secure your spot.

Colac, VIC


Event: ScriptWise Community Forum

Date and time: 15 May 2018, 7:30pm

Location: Colac Bowling Club, cnr Moore and Armstrong Streets, Colac

Contact: Lyn Crook, rotaryclubcolacwest@gmail.com, 0439 308 877

RSVP: 11 May to Lyn Crook at rotaryclubcolacwest@gmail.com,

Description: A range of guest speakers will lead a discussion to raise awareness about prescription medication dependency and addiction

MAY 16

Horsham, VIC


Event: Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce Prescription Medication Stand

Date and time: 16 May 2018, 10am-1pm

Location: Horsham Plaza

Contact: Sally Pymer, sally.p@grampianscommunityhealth.org.au

Description: Members of the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce will be available from 10am-1pm to promote and discuss the dangers around prescription medication dependence

MAY 17

Bendigo, VIC


Event: Prevention Week Stall

Date and time: 17 May 2018, 12-1pm

Location: Student Union, La Trobe University Bendigo

Contact: Ella Maher, 18935168@students.latrobe.edu.au

Description: The Bendigo Association of Pharmacy Students (BAPS) and pharmacist Nick Standen will host a stall in the Student Union over lunch-time for students and staff to drop-in and learn more about preventing prescription medication harms and the use of naloxone to prevent opioid overdose.

MAY 18

Bendigo, VIC


Event: Public Lecture with local pharmacist and La Trobe Lecturer Nick Standen

Date and time: 18 May 2018, 12-1pm

Location: McKay Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University Bendigo

Contact: Ella Maher, 18935168@students.latrobe.edu.au

Description: This will be a public lecture on prescription medication misuse, presented by local pharmacist and La Trobe lecturer, Nick Standen. Mr Standen will expel some myths surrounding drug overdoses and the patient populations that experience dependency issues, and give background as to why effecting airway patency and central respiration drive return is the foundation of medical opiate overdose reversal for students within nursing, physio, and dental fields.

Register your Prevention Week Event

Thank you for taking part in this inaugural National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence Week, May 14-18 2018. Please register your event below.