College of Nursing

Continuing Education and Development for Nurses

E-Learning Event - January 31, 2013

Harm Reduction Within A Continuum of Care


Since 2002, the incidence of HIV in Saskatchewan has steadily increased. On average, approximately 75% of the new cases of HIV report injecting drugs as the primary mode of transmission.

Harm reduction seeks to reduce or minimize the adverse health and social consequences associated with drug use. The Ministry of Health and HIV Provincial Leadership Team are hosting this education event featuring presentations from experts in the field of harm reduction. Other professionals from a variety of health care settings will discuss how they have incorporated harm reduction philosophies and practices into their workplaces. People who access harm reduction programs will also have an opportunity to present their personal stories.

The target audience for this event includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, outreach workers, social workers, community-based organizations, community leaders, corrections, law enforcement, mental health and addiction staff and other allied professionals who have general knowledge and familiarity with harm reduction and/or are interested in employing harm reduction strategies in their communities or work settings.


The objectives of this learning event are to support health care providers, allied professionals and communities to:
• Understand the application of harm reduction principles to addictions care, particularly in relation to injection drug use
• Correcting the misconceptions or misunderstandings regarding harm reduction
• Understand the role harm reduction plays in a continuum of care and in various settings
• Familiarize themselves with techniques or initiatives in engaging people with substance abuse issues
• Learn about innovative ways to apply harm reduction approaches in various settings

Pre-workshop and workshop reading material available

Fax Sheet - print off and send in any questions you may have

This program has been given the "Recognition of Continuing Education As Approved Nursing Practice" by the SRNA, and will be recognized as 5.5 hours of approved nursing practice time. Individuals must be currently registered as a Registered Nurse in Saskatchewan.

This program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Saskatchewan chapter for up to 5.5 Mainpro-M1 credits. Forms can be found at


Dr. Thomas Kerr, PhD - Director of the Urban Health Research Initiative, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE); Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of AIDS, University of British Columbia
Dr. Kerr is a principal investigator of several large cohort studies involving people who inject drugs and individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Kerr's primary research interests are HIV/AIDS, injection drug use, health policy and service evaluation, and community-based research methods. A key focus of Dr. Kerr's work has been the scientific evaluation of Insite, North America's first safer injecting facility. Dr. Kerr has published over 330 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals and most recently Dr. Kerr was the co-recipient of the Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship, which recognizes scholars whose personal courage and quality of published research constitute a source of inspiration in drug policy scholarship.

Peter R. Butt, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Associated Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Peter Butt is a Certificant and Fellow with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in a position dedicated to Addiction Medicine. He serves as a consultant to Mental Health and Addictions in the Saskatoon Health Region where his clinical expertise focuses on IV drug use, community-based interventions, detox, and treatment program development. Current research projects focus on campus drinking and the role of Aboriginal culture in Addictions treatment. National committee work includes the development of the Canadian Alcohol Low Risk Drinking Guidelines; Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral; and Physician Health.

Associated Files and Registration

  • Registration - Now Open *Please note that you will need to register for this FREE event. There is also a Pre-event Survey. ECAST IS NOW FULL
  • Pre-event Survey 6 Questions
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This event is available for viewing via ecast (on your own personal computer). There is a limit of 25 spaces. Viewership will be based on and the first 25 participants to register and cannot be held or reserved. . When selecting your site, please choose ecast from the drop down menu. You will be notified with further instructions from CEDN on how to access the program. Certificate of Attendance and any applicable study credits will be available through ecast.
Please note that the Lloydminster site will be AVAILABLE