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Safe and Effective Use of Cough & Cold Medicines

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

What really works?

About This Event:

Decongestants, expectorants, suppressants…. they are everywhere at this time of year. Many are household names. But how much do you really know about them?

In our upcoming Winter webinar, DASA’s managing director and Occupational Physician, Associate Professor David Allen, is joined by scientific director John De Mellow for a deep dive into cough and cold medicines. Together, they will guide you through the common treatments, highlighting what works and what doesn’t, and the implications for workplace drug and alcohol programs.

This webinar is for executives, business owners, health and safety managers, risk managers, drug & alcohol coordinators, and health professionals.

This half-hour webinar will cover:

  • Types of cough and cold medicines

  • Effectiveness of each

  • Why these medicines can be impairing

  • Implications for workplace drug and alcohol programs


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 workplace health and managing drugs and alcohol 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 29th June 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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