University of Technology Sydney

92481 Introduction to Speciality Practice: Drug and Alcohol Nursing

6cp; Standard; 7 X 3 hour workshops
Requisite(s): (92438 Medical Surgical Nursing OR 92450 Medical Surgical Nursing (Graduate Entry) OR 92024 Medical Surgical Nursing (Graduate Entry) OR 92322 Medical Surgical Nursing OR 92454 Medical Surgical Nursing)) OR ((93211 Clinical Practice 2B OR 93225 Clinical Practice 2B) AND (93207 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A OR 93200 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A) AND (93224 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B OR 93210 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B) AND (93214c Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A OR 93228c Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A)
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.



92481 Introduction to Speciality Practice: Drug and Alcohol Nursing is not offered in 2024


This subject is co-designed and co-delivered with people with a lived experience of alcohol and other drug (AOD) dependence. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the multiple explanatory frameworks for understanding and responding to AOD dependence, including from lived experienced, nursing, medical and public health epistemologies. Students are introduced to the causes and effects of AOD dependence through biological theories, trauma informed frameworks, social, cultural and environmental determinants of health, and health politics (e.g. ‘war on drugs’), including critical examination of Australia's policies related to drug treatment and harm reduction and community stigma and discrimination. Students also explore the stories, knowledge and wisdom of people with lived experience of AOD dependence. Students come to understand how drug and alcohol nursing is underpinned by concepts of consumer participation and self-determination, and that nursing care is delivered within a harm reduction framework. The role of differing treatments and harm minimisation are examined, including pharmacotherapies and treatments such as counselling, case management, relapse prevention and 12 step treatment programs. Students also learn key skills in collaborative, consumer focused nursing assessment of intoxication, overdose and withdrawal.

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