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This unit of study explores drug and alcohol addiction, treatment options and relapse prevention. Students will examine the concepts of therapeutic relationships and legal and ethical dimensions of caring for clients with addictions. Case management for clients with a drug and alcohol addiction involves a collaborative approach to service delivery; it involves comprehensive treatment and management to ensure optimum recovery and relapse prevention. This unit of study explores the use of pharmacotherapies, case management and drug and alcohol counselling.

Addiction nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing

PG unit of study




259 – Drug and alcohol nursing practice

Fee*Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Robyn Manning



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Theories of Addiction


a) Describe the neurobiological and main psychological theories of addiction

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2




Theme 2: Assessment and treatment planning

b) Examine pharmacotherapy treatment options in light of current literature and best practice

Assessment 2 Essay (1500 words)



Theme 3: Treatment modalities - Pharmacological approaches

c) Evaluate contemporary psychosocial and relapse prevention interventions in light of current literature and best practice  

Assessment 3 Quiz (10 questions)



Theme 4: Treatment modalities - Psychosocial approaches

d) Critically reflect on own values, beliefs and attitudes related to case managing clients with alcohol and drug addictions

Assessment 4 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 5: Legal, ethical and professional issues

e) Discuss the legal, ethical and professional issues relevant to caring for clients with alcohol and drug addiction




Theme 6: Culturally sensitive nursing care

f) Critically evaluate the importance of cultural safety of Indigenous peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the context of   drug and alcohol specialist nursing care






g) Investigate community resources available for people with drug and/or alcohol dependence




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.