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Drug and Alcohol Nursing

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This course will provide students with an understanding of substance use issues from both an individual and public health perspective. Students will explore a range of opinions around the policy of harm minimisation and the socio-political aspects of substance use. Biological and psychological models of both causes and treatments are reviewed. Assessment and nursing care of intoxication, overdose and withdrawal are examined. Specialised skills in motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, pharmacotherapy services, case management, co-morbidities and complex care will be studied. The importance of primary health care interventions is emphasised.

Learning outcomes

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Examine the causes, incidence and prevalence of substance use and critically analyse government policy and strategy
  • Discuss the importance of the health professional’s attitude and cultural sensitivity in working with clients, families and significant others in the drug and alcohol context
  • Perform a holistic drug and alcohol assessment and determine an appropriate therapeutic response rationalising the use of pharmacotherapies and psychosocial interventions
  • Evaluate evidence based, best practice nursing care of people with substance intoxication, overdose and withdrawal
  • Discuss case management care with the multidisciplinary team
  • Analyse and appraise public health approaches and primary health care models in the drug and alcohol context

Graduate outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing is designed to promote lifelong learning, reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis, clinical decision making and the advancement of knowledge and skills in drug and alcohol nursing. Graduates of this course will be prepared to work in:

  • Pharmacotherapy and outpatient clinics
  • Consultation and liaison services
  • Detoxification units
  • Rehabilitation, drug and alcohol primary health care services

Units of study

COMMENCING JULY 2016

Code 

Unit of study  

Type

10 015 1604

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

276

Addiction nursing

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

289

Complex care – drug and alcohol

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

COMMENCING JANUARY 2017

Code 

Unit of study  

Type

10 015 1705

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

287

Public and primary health – drug and alcohol

C

 17 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

276

Addiction nursing

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

289

Complex care – drug and alcohol

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

 

Code 

Unit of study  

Type

10 015 1706

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

287

Public and primary health – drug and alcohol

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

276

Addiction nursing

C

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

289

Complex care – drug and alcohol

C

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

C=Core

*Fees

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275 *Fees are are subject to change without notice.

276

Pre-requisite 259

289

Pre-requisite 259 & Co-requisite 276