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186365 - Foundational Alcohol and Other Drug Concepts

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Medical Practitioners are at the forefront of preventative health and are well positioned to respond to alcohol and other drugs concerns of the patients they see. This module will prepare the learner with the key concepts and frameworks used within the specialty to enable improved confidence and motivation to start the conversation.

Relevance to General Practice

Alcohol and other drug use is observed in nearly every culture. The notion of substance use as solely biological dependence or of moral weakness is outdated. Medical practitioners should be aware of contemporary models of the aetiology of alcohol and other drug use in order to better understand their patients and their needs. Having a greater awareness of different substances and the ways in which they affect your patients will help you to build confidence in starting conversations about problematic substance use.
This module will examine key scientific and social underpinnings to current alcohol and other drug policy, practice and treatment in Australia. It aims to enhance your basic knowledge-base and value approach to working with anybody affected by their substance use.

Learning outcomes
  • Relate the history, incidence and prevalence of substance use to the development and implementation of current policy within the Australian context.
  • Appraise foundational theories underpinning current evidence and utilise appropriate evidence-based frameworks to ensure that the individual with a substance use issue has their needs met using appropriate referral pathways.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key knowledge areas in managing a person who uses common psychoactive substances.
  • Apply a neurobiological understanding of dependence, tolerance and withdrawal to patient presentations in order to respond to their health needs.
  • Recognise barriers to addressing substance use disorders and exhibit a non-judgemental, hopeful and empathetic approach to engagement of the patient to improve health outcomes.
  • Domains of General Practice

    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

    • Current and emerging public health risks are effectively managed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
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    186365 - Foundational Alcohol and Other Drug Concepts
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    2 hrs
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