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The focus of this unit of study is the needs of the client with both substance use and other complex needs. The clients’ groups are young people, pregnant women, those with mental health needs, those under an involuntary treatment order and those who have blood born virus diseases. Students explore evidence based guidelines, case management, working in the multidisciplinary team and holistic assessment, care planning and evaluation.

Complex care – drug and alcohol

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing

PG unit of study




259 - Drug and Alcohol Nursing Practice

276 - Addiction Nursing

Fee*Tier 1

Prescribed text: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Ashley Page MACN



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: Comorbidity: Drug, alcohol and mental health disorders

a) Identify and discuss the range of comorbidities associated with drug, alcohol and mental health disorders 

Assessment 1 Essay (2000 words)



Theme 2: Adolescents and alcohol and other drug

b) Analyse holistic assessment strategies for clients with complex comorbidities associated with drug, alcohol and mental health disorders

Assessment 2 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 3: Involuntary treatment approaches

c) Examine evidence-based practice guidelines, models of care and frameworks used to manage drug and alcohol clients with complex needs

Assessment 1 Quiz (20 questions)



Theme 4: Blood borne infections

d) Discuss the multi-disciplinary approach to care planning in addressing the complex psychosocial needs of drug and alcohol clients




Theme 5: Drugs use during pregnancy

e) Analyse and evaluate treatment options and care management strategies for drug and alcohol clients  with complex needs





f) Explore legal and ethical issues relating to the care of drug and alcohol clients with complex healthcare requirements





g) Reflect on own values, beliefs and attitudes in working with clients with drug and alcohol complex healthcare needs




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

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.