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Pregnant drug users

26 May, Keele The substance misuse services of Nor th Staffordshire Combined Healthcare trust in association with Keele Un iversity 's depar tment of psychiatry is hosting a conference on drug misuse among pregnant women.The keynote speaker is drugs 'czar'Keith Hellawell. Details: Sandra Wright, 01782-552831.

Challenging dementia

1 June, Durham 'Challenging behaviour in dementia: a person-centred approach' is a oneday workshop organised by the Dementia North training and development programme 2000. Details: Dementia North, 0191-256 3318.

Health inequalities

1 June, London This year's annual lecture of the Office of Health Economics will be 'Inequalities in health: sources and remedies, from Black to Acheson and beyond'. Details: Liz Aulsford, 020-7930 9203.

Spinal injury conference

2-3 June, London The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospita l and University Col lege London's conference, 'Spinal injury: new horizons - putting the science into rehabilitation', will create a decade-long framework for planning the treatment of people with spinal injury. Details: Miranda Moses, 020-7228 8034.

Handling complaints 5 June, Manchester A one-day workshop, 'Handling complaints in the NHS', has been organised by Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management. Topics w ill include promoting confidence, effectiveness and fairness, disseminating good practice, covering the convening stage, the role of conciliation and a view from the health service commissioner's office.Details: Linda Ingle, 0161-275 2908.

Trusting the profession

6 June, Birmingham 'Trust and the medical profession' is the title of a conference which has been arranged by Birmingham University's health services management centre. Speakers from the UK and US will explore the chang ing relationship between doctors and patients. Details: Joan Jones, 0121-414 3086.

Health and safety law

6 June, Loughborough Loughborough University's centre for hazard and risk management is holding a course on'Health and safety law', aiming to provide an understanding of key legislation. Details: Joyce Bostock, 01509-222175.

New thinking, new systems

7-9 June, London The British Association of Medical Managers' annual conference addresses 'New thinking, new systems, new culture - leading clinical service the new NHS', which will focus on leading and managing services for patients, rather than the organisations in which they are delivered. Speakers include NHS chief executive Sir Alan Langlands and Dr Peter Homa, director of the Commission for Health Improvement. Details: BAMM, 0161-474 1141.