Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance Abuse

Course code NURS2162Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Drug and alcohol misuse is recognised as a major public health issue in Australia. The course will investigate the social context, and competing theories about and explanations of the pattern and significance of drug and alcohol misuse in contemporary industrial society. Health and other government policies, legal aspects, pathophysiology and the use of particular substances will be studied together with evidence-based health care and treatment.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Describe theories of the cause of substance use and dependence;
2. Discuss contemporary sociological theory relating to drug and alcohol misuse;
3. Discuss Australian health policies and initiatives on substance use and dependence in their international context;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of Australian law relating to substance use;
5. Demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology of selected drugs;
6. Outline evidence-based strategies and treatments related to the misuse of alcohol and other drugs;
7. Critically analyse strategies used in drug education and health promotion.
ContentSubstance use and misuse
Social Policy in Australia
International perspectives
Laws in relation to drug and alcohol misuse
Legal substance misuse
Illicit drug misuse
Drug withdrawal
Evidence-based practice in relation to drug and alcohol misuse
Evidence-based strategies in relation to drug and alcohol education
Evidence-based strategies in relation to health promotion
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsDrug and Alcohol Assessment
Essays / Written AssignmentsSociology Essay
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS2162