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Methamphetamine and Synthetic Substances: What You Need to Know

ONLINE WORKSHOP | Discover what synthetic drugs are currently available, what they are, how to recognise use and how they have come to be used so frequently in today's society. Learn about longer term effects and gain tools and strategies around harm minimisation.



Gain essential skills for providing support and care when you encounter users of methamphetamines and new psychoactive substances.  This workshop will support your knowledge and understanding to recognise use and develop strategies to minimise harm. 

This workshop is also available to attend via online workshop - register here.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Background of methamphetamine and synthetic drugs - what are they and where do they come from?

  • How these substances have come to be used so frequently in today's society

  • The different drugs currently available

  • Understand common, acute and long-term effects

  • Common signs and symptoms of use

  • Symptoms of withdrawal and how best to manage it

  • Learn screening tools

  • Strategies for harm minimisation and ways to engage people safely

  • How to offer support and what services are available 

Let's Get Real

  • Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

  • Working with whānau

  • Working within communities

  • Challenging discrimination

  • Applying law, policy and practice

  • Maintaining professional and personal development


Facilitated by Michael Donaldson*

RN, BN, P.G. Dip Nursing (MH)

Michael completed his Registered Nurse training in 1995 and started to work within the mental health field. After completing an alcohol and other drug (AOD) paper through Otago University in 1999 he decided to specialise in the AOD area. Michael has worked in the area of mental health/AOD both in New Zealand, London and Melbourne. Michael has held positions as Associate Nurse Unit Manager, team leader and Unit Manager. He completed his graduate diploma in mental health nursing whilst in Melbourne. Since 2013 Michael has been working at the Christchurch Opioid Substitution Treatment Programme.

*Facilitator to be confirmed.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)


You will need

  • Headset and Microphone

  • Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)

  • Stable broadband connection 

Minimum System Requirements

  • As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable.

Operating System
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view an online workshop session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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