Safe Handling of Intraoperative Medications Workshop


St Vincent's Private Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital – Darlinghurst Campus

Mater Private Hospital – North Sydney

(NOTE: Venue will be confirmed and directions for the venue will be sent prior to each workshop).

Date details:

2019 Dates:

  • Tuesday March 19th    (St Vincent's Private Hospital)
  • Monday May 6th   (St Vincent's Hospital)
  • Wednesday August 21st   (Mater Hospital North Sydney)

This is a half day (6 hour) workshop – 0730 - 1330.

Closing date for registrations: 1 week prior to the workshop.

Online registration and payment link:

Course overview:

This informative and thought-provoking workshop combines didactic presentations, small group work, simulated practice observations and discussion. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • discuss the relevant responsibilities and practice boundaries related to handling of medications for nurses in perioperative and procedural settings;
  • access policy & other electronic resources that facilitate and guide safe practice;
  • identify human-factors and error-prone work practices that have contributed to medication errors;
  • implement strategies to minimise the risk of medication error; and
  • demonstrate safe practice for handling, preparation and labelling medications.

Workshops cater for groups of 8 to 15 participants.


Perioperative Nurse Educators and Nurse Educators, and Consultant Anaesthetist.

Key topics:

  • Overview of legislation and National Recommendations relating to medications
  • Drugs commonly used in the perioperative environment
  • Medication error case studies
  • Error theory & communication strategies
  • Medication on sterile fields: Practice implications including user-applied labelling of medicines, fluids and lines.   

Who should attend:

This workshop is designed for RNs and ENs at all levels of experience working in a range of perioperative settings (eg operating suite (anaesthetics, instrument/circulating, recovery), day surgery procedural rooms, endoscopy, cardiac catheter labs, interventional radiology and anywhere else that nurses prepare medications on behalf of medical officers.

Non SVHA Sydney or SESLHD nurses wanting to attend should contact Margaret Butler prior to applying.

Course enquiries:

Margaret Butler

02 8382 2653

Course Pre-requisites:

  • Current employment in perioperative and/or procedural settings.
  • Review of all pre-reading and completion of Pre-Workshop Worksheet which will be sent to participants two weeks prior to course date.
  • Completion of Pre-workshop Worksheet (see attached Word version)
  • Participants must bring a hard copy of the allocated HCCC case study to the workshop for the group work.


$110 ex GST for non SVHA Sydney, SESLHD and ISLHD staff.

No course fees for employees of SVHA Sydney or SESLHD. Others to contact Co-ordinator.

Maximum number of applicants:



Please email specific dietary requirements to Margaret Butler at minimum of one week prior to the workshop.


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Cancellation policy:

The workshop may be cancelled due to small group size (<8). Registrants who are unable to attend the workshop at short notice are required to advise the Course Co-ordinator at earliest possible time.

If participant does not attend and there has been no notification they may be invoiced $110 for the  course.


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