Addiction Nursing
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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 276
Availability Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing (current students only)

This unit is no longer available for new enrolments.

Pre-requisite 259 – Drug and Alcohol Nursing Practice
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Ruth Green
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

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

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note 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 x2 10% 4, 9
Theme 2: Assessment and treatment planning b) examine pharmacotherapy treatment options in light of current literature and best practice Assessment 2: Short essay 40% 6
Theme 3: Treatment modalities – pharmacological approaches c) evaluate contemporary psychosocial and relapse prevention interventions in light of current literature and best practice Assessment 3: Case analysis 50% 10
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
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.

Addiction Nursing (276) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.