186337 - Cannabis
This e-learning resource aims to build capacity in skills and knowledge in relation to the understanding and management of illicit cannabis use and its disorder. Learners will understand the effects and harms caused by cannabis use and treatment approaches and support strategies available to reduce the risks experienced.?Relevance to General Practice
Cannabis use is common. Many people use cannabis for social reasons, management of anxiety, persistent pain, depression and sleep. However, cannabis use also contributes to the burden of diseases in Australia with links to dependence, anxiety or depression, schizophrenia, and road traffic injuries.
Despite the high prevalence of cannabis use, most people with cannabis use disorders will not present for treatment, rather will present for somatic or psychological complaints. Medical practitioners are well placed to screen for cannabis use and help patients make decisions about their cannabis use. Patients may not be aware of the harms associated with single-episode use and long-term cannabis use. Being well informed, medical practitioners can also offer tips to help patients reduce associated harms and manage withdrawals.
While cannabis has been legalised for use in different countries for recreational use, it is not currently legal in Australia.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Addiction medicine