Drug and Alcohol Nursing Practice
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Drug and alcohol use impacts on the health and welfare of many Australians, health service delivery and the provision of nursing care across many settings. This unit of study aims to facilitate the development of the required knowledge and skills to enable the nurse to provide contemporary care to clients with drug and alcohol problems. The concepts of health promotion and harm minimisation are explored and provide a basis for the management of clients with drug and alcohol problems.

Drug and Alcohol Nursing Practice
Unit of study code 259
Availability Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite This unit has no pre-requisites and is suitable for ENs
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Ruth Green


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: History of drug and alcohol use in Australia and

Introduction to drug and alcohol policy

a) identify the impact of drug and alcohol use on society Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 2, 4
Theme 2: Attitudes and values towards drug and alcohol use b) examine society’s view on drug and alcohol use Assessment 2: Case analysis (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: Why do people use drugs and alcohol? c) explain the concept of harm minimisation and health promotion in the drug and alcohol context Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 10
Theme 4: Drugs of dependence d) reflect on own values, beliefs and practices related to working with clients with drug and alcohol issues
Theme 5: Drug and alcohol assessment e) discuss the importance of a client centred approach
Theme 6: Management of intoxication, overdose and withdrawal f) discuss the components of a comprehensive substance use assessment
Theme 7: Overview of treatment options g) examine the nursing interventions and management strategies for intoxication, overdose and withdrawal

h) describe the most common psychosocial interventions associated with substance use.

Drug and Alcohol Nursing Practice (259) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.