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Am I Fit for Work? Understanding Safe Use of Medicines Webinar

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

About This Event:

When it comes to medicines and the workplace, the default question is often “Do you have a prescription for it”? However, the more important question is “Are you safe, given your job?” This is because all medicines - be they prescribed, over the counter or illicit - come with side effects. The issue then is not so much the drug itself but rather the potential for impairment. And the challenge? To ensure those side effects do not constitute a safety risk for the workplace.

DASA’s scientific director John De Mellow, is joined by Occupational Physician, Associate Professor David Allen, and pharmacologist Judith Griffin for a practical and informative discussion around managing medicines from a fitness for work perspective. This webinar is for executives, business owners, health and safety managers, risk managers, drug & alcohol coordinators, and health professionals.

This one-hour webinar will guide you through:

  • Why safety – not drug type – is key

  • Impairment

  • Implications for the workplace

  • Strategies for managing medicines at work

  • Practical insights and advice


A/Prof David Allen, MBBS(Hons), DPH, FAFOEM Occupational and Environmental Physician, Conjoint Appointee, UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Managing Director DASA and Sydney Occupational Health With over 30 years’ experience in occupational medicine, Dr Allen is a leading authority on managing drugs and alcohol at work.

Judith Griffin, BSc (Hons), TAE40116 - Understands the toxicology of drugs, their impact on the body and the potential for impairment in the workplace. Furthermore, as a drug and alcohol educator, Judith has heard first-hand the concerns and challenges of workers and managers alike when it comes to medicine at work.

John De Mellow, BSc, Scientific Director – A specialist in workplace drug & alcohol testing, John’s expertise spans from test kits to laboratory confirmation. He is a life member of the industry association Workplace Drug Testing Australia (WDTA), as well as WDTA’s representative on the Standards Australia ASNZS 4760 (2019) and ASNZS 4308 Review Committee.

Cost: Free

Date: Held on Wednesday 25th May 2022, and view the record from below:


DASA (Drug and Alcohol Solutions Australia) is proud to be leading the way in workplace drug and alcohol services throughout Australia. Whether your need is for workplace drug testing and workplace alcohol testing, advice on drug and alcohol policy or ideas on how to communicate your workplace expectations, policies and procedures to your staff, DASA can help. We have the experience, technical expertise and people to lead you to the right solution.


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