This session discusses the safer supply program evaluation being conducted in Ottawa. A question and answer period followed the presentation.
Our speakers for this session were from the University of Ottawa School of Nursing:
- Marlene Haines, RN PhD(c), Research Associate
- Athena Tefoglou, RPN BSc, Research Associate
- Patrick O’Byrne, RN-EC PhD, Full Professor
About Our Speakers
Patrick O’Byrne RN-EC PhD is a Full Professor of Nursing at the University of Ottawa and a Nurse Practitioner at the Sexual Health Clinic. His research and clinical practice focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Dr. O’Byrne holds a research chair in public health and HIV prevention from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. He is also the Principal Investigator for GetaKit.ca, the first project to offer mail-out delivery of free HIV self-tests in Canada.
Marlene Haines is a PhD Candidate in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. Her program of research focuses on the overdose crisis, harm reduction, and drug policy. She is also a Registered Nurse with clinical expertise in safer supply programs, injectable opioid agonist therapy, and working with individuals who use substances as well as those who are homeless or unstably housed.
Athena Tefoglou is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student at the University of Ottawa. She is a Registered Practical Nurse currently working in safer supply research, program development and acute care. Her working experience includes outpost nursing and community care nursing using a harm reduction lens.