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Activity: International Overdose Awareness Day Webinar
Date: 31/08/2020
Time: 12:00 pm
Public/Private: Public
Individual/Organisation: Organisation
Name of Organisation:
Contact: Akash Sidhu
Phone: 6042907542

Dear Project Partners,

The Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project is proud to present a webinar in honour of Overdose Awareness day. This webinar will be hosted by Dr. Annabel Mead, Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship with the BC Centre on Substance Use.

On August 31st at 12:00pm we invite you to join us to remember the lives lost and learn how best to move forward. Register here:

You will learn:
• How COVID19 has impacted our communities and the overdose health care emergency at large.
• About the communities and populations who have experienced the greatest losses.
• What we as carers and professionals can do to reverse the growing number of cases and overdose deaths.

Who should attend:
• Service providers (including physicians, clinicians) who work with people who may be impacted by substance use and those from difficult realties.

A link to the recording will be available following the session live session.


Dr. Annabel Mead, MBBS, is Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship with the BC Centre on Substance Use. Her primary research interests and expertise include trauma-informed care, prevention and early intervention in substance-using populations, and safe and effective clinical management of opioid addiction and/or chronic pain in urban health settings and among vulnerable populations. Over the span of her medical career, Dr. Mead has developed clinical expertise in addiction medicine, complex pain management, concurrent psychiatric disorders, and women’s health, with a consistent focus on integrating teaching activities that foster excellence in clinical practice, leadership, research, and advocacy within the next generation of healthcare professionals. She has been involved in the design and implementation of medical education curricula in a range of practice settings and topic areas, including clinical management of sexual assault, safe opioid agonist prescribing, psychosocial interventions for substance misuse, and complex pain conditions.

Dr. Charissa Patricelli is the Medical Director of the Families in Recovery (FIR) Combined Care Unit at BC Women’s Hospital. She is a family physician specialized in addiction medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. Originally from Northern Canada, her first career was in nursing, neonatology and pediatrics taking her to the southern US and outpost nursing stations throughout BC. Since earning her MD from UBC, she has worked in general practice, with street youth in Vancouver, in perinatal consult services at BC Women’s Hospital, the Addiction Medicine Consult Service at Royal Columbian Hospital, the Maxxine Wright Community Health Centre for women and children affected by substance use or violence, and opioid replacement clinics. She has also served as the physician lead for the Community Birth Program in Surrey, a collaborative maternity care program with midwives, physicians, doulas and nursing.


Hawkfeather Peterson, Advocate; Person with Lived Experience

Dr. Carolyn Marchand, BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellow

Dr. Tosh Mizzau, BCCSU Addiction Medicine Fellow

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