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92481 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Substance Use Disorders

6cp; 6hpw x 4wks (tutorial), 2hpw x 4wks (independent learning), 80hrs (clinical)
Requisite(s): 92438 Medical Surgical Nursing AND 92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



This subject provides students with a holistic understanding of substance use disorders (SUD) on individual, community and a public health levels. Students learn to develop greater understanding of the causes and effects of SUDs including consideration of the underlying social determinants of health and co-morbidities such as a history of a mental health disorder. The role of differing treatments is analysed including pharmacotherapies and treatments such as counselling, case management and relapse prevention. A nursing assessment of intoxication, overdose and withdrawal is examined and explored. Drug and alcohol nursing is underpinned by concepts of self-determination delivered within a harm reduction framework. These concepts are analysed and Australia's policies related to drug treatment and harm reduction critically examined.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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