Providing Effective and Compassionate Health Care to People Who Use Drugs

Level One Partner Workshop With the 360 Degree Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic



Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
347 Burnham Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 1T5

Course Description

In this workshop, attendees will:

1. Learn the basics of Primary Health Care provision with People Who Use Drugs (PWUD);
     a. Acute health issues
     b. Chronic health issues – strategies for continuity of care/follow up care, infectious diseases
     c. Preventive health care
          i. Incorporating preventive care and risk based screening
          ii. Vein health maintenance
          iii. Access to basic needs (water, bathrooms, food, laundry, showers) as health care intervention
     d. Supporting care in acute settings
          i. Strategies to improve care/retention in care in hospital settings
2. Learn about the developmental and neurobiological origins of problematic substance use;
3. Learn about the basic principles and applications of Harm Reduction in health care settings;
4. Gain an understanding of how Trauma-informed Care principles support the provision of compassionate care;
5. Understand the burden of stigma experienced by PWUD seeking health care in Peterborough.


  • Early Bird Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $39.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Peterborough-Based Participants: $49.00*
  • Regular Ticket for Participants Outside of Peterborough: $59.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.


Who should attend this workshop?
This workshop is designed specifically for helping professionals. We define “helping professional” as anyone in a position of interacting with people in providing a service.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this workshop has been capped at 35 participants.

What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
We will be following the recommendations of Peterborough Public Health. Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants one week before the workshop.

Will food be provided?
Coffee, tea, and light snacks are included. Lunch will not be provided. There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Lions Centre. Please feel free to contact us for recommendations.

Is the venue accessible?
The Lions Centre is wheelchair accessible (lift and washroom facilities) and climate-controlled.

Is there parking?
There are 40 private parking spots and an overflow area, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

What is a level one partner workshop?
This refers to a workshop that is being put on by another organization or individual with the support of A Question of Care. It is also being offered at a more basic, 101 level, though it can be beneficial to anyone regardless of their experience.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the workshop and filling out a post-course evaluation.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the first session. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the workshop, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

The cost of this workshop has been subsidized through a partnership with the Peterborough Drug Strategy and its members. Additionally, local participants can contact us to apply for a bursary.

More Info



Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Sisson Room
347 Burnham Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5


  • Kathy Hardill | 360 Degree Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

    Kathy Hardill is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who has been providing health care to people who use drugs and people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and other structural vulnerabilities for 35 years. She has practiced in large urban inner cities, in small rural communities, and since 2012 here in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. Her Masters of Nursing research was conducted locally on the experiences of people who use opioids when they enter health care settings. She works in the Peterborough 360 Degree Safer Opioid Supply Prescribing Program where she benefits daily from the generosity of her teammates and program participants as they teach her about the creative possibilities of what harm reduction can look like in health care.

  • Rachel Petty | 360 Degree Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

    Rachel Petty is a white, cisgender settler who makes a home with her family on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabe in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. Rachel is a nurse with the 360 NPLC and her intention is to provide care that is rooted in social justice, health equity, and the principles of “nothing about us without us.” Rachel’s practice as nurse is influenced by HIV and Harm Reduction activism.

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