Digital Innovation - Reducing drug related harm and deaths

Digital Innovation - Reducing drug related harm and deaths

Pre-recorded vodcast showcasing some of Scotland’s digital innovation in reducing drug related harm and death and a call to action to invite international knowledge exchange and future collaboration.

Hear from four renowned experts:

Alexander Baldacchino, Clinical Professor at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine, specialising in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Executive Board Member and Immediate Past President to the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). He is Chair of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Addiction Faculty and Chair of the CSO Innovation Reducing Drug Deaths Consortium. His main research interest lies in improving the lives of individuals with a history of substance use disorders. His research portfolio has a common thread of understanding the co-morbid conditions (physical and psychological) arising as a result of chronic abuse of pharmacological agents with dependence potential especially opioids, nicotine and alcohol.

Moira Mackenzie, Deputy Chief Executive at Scotland's Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre Director of Innovation. Moira believes that the progress of any country can best be valued by the quality of care it provides to its most vulnerable citizens. She has over 28 years’ experience in leading successful, complex change and transformational service redesign within public sector health, housing and care environments. Moira led West Lothian’s ground-breaking Opening Doors for Older People Initiative, which inspired subsequent influential leadership roles including Scottish Government’s national Telecare Development Programme Manager and Head of Service for the high-achieving Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare team leading the roll out of Home & Mobile Health Monitoring, computerised CBT, and virtual consultations across Scotland. Within DHI, Moira’s role is to engage with senior stakeholders across industry, academia and health and care to identify opportunities where DHI can add most value from its expertise in digital innovation.

Alison Crocket, Whole systems Unit Head, Drug Policy Division at the The Scottish Government. Before this she spent almost 20 years with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, culminating in the role of deputy governor of Bermuda, but for much of the time representing FCDO at the UK Mission to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, and spending four years as the senior advisor to UNAIDS on HIV Prevention for Key Populations, which comprised People who use drugs, sex workers and the transgender population. Before that, Alison began her career as a social worker and spent 15 years working with people who use drugs as an outreach worker, in a therapeutic community and with young people leaving care.

Sally Dyson, Head of Digital and Development at the SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) is passionate about how we create the conditions to develop a socially inclusive society and the role that charities and voluntary organisations play in all our communities. For the last fourteen years her work has been in the voluntary sector in Scotland. With a an MSc in Charity Leadership and Management previous senior roles have been in funding bodies, within regional economic development agencies and charities. A champion of digital inclusion for more than 25 years Sally is committed to how digital can contribute to helping people make the most of their money, learn more and improve their health and wellbeing.

15 March 2024, 12:00 PM

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

About The Speakers

Alexander Baldacchino

Alexander Baldacchino

Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Addiction, University of St Andrews