Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems

Course code MEDI6130Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

Provides an overview of alcohol and other drug use (including synthetic drugs) and drug related problems viewed from a range of perspectives including biopsychosocial, pharmacology, medicine and epidemiology. Neuroadaption, prevention and treatment are also introduced. Emphasises skills for critically analysing sources of information about drugs.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesDevelop core knowledge and analytical skills for understanding alcohol and other drug and drug problems in individuals and groups in their social contexts. On completion, students will be able to:
a) demonstrate the ability to think critically about alcohol and other drug use and associated problems and critically analyse sources of information;
b) describe and critique models of alcohol and other drug use;
c) describe commonly used psychoactive drugs and their effects;
d) discuss patterns of alcohol and other drug use;
e) discuss the impact of alcohol and other drug use on individuals and families;
f) discuss approaches to prevention of drug related problems;
g) discuss current psychological and medical trends in treatment for drug problems;
h) define emerging psychoactive and synthetic drugs and understand their effects.
Content1. Profile of contemporary alcohol and other drug issues
2. Drug effects: pharmacology of psychoactive drugs
3. Models of alcohol and other drug use
4. Overview of treatment for alcohol and other drug problems
5. Current alcohol and other drug issues
6. Epidemiology of alcohol and other drug use
7. Emerging Psychoactive Substances.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThere is no formal prerequisite for this subject. Experience working in an alcohol or other drug setting is advantageous.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Group Participation
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MEDI6130