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AOD Assessment

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
3 hrs

The aim of the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Clinical Assessment module is to provide medical practitioners with the knowledge required to conduct a comprehensive AOD assessment with patients who use substances. The module will also introduce a number of standardised assessment tools commonly used with patients who may be experiencing a substance use disorder.

Relevance to General Practice

Substance use is common, with at least 1 in 4 Australians drinking at risky levels, 1 in 8 consuming illicit substances, and 1 in 20 misusing pharmaceuticals in 2016. Substance use is responsible for 6.7% of all disease burden and its cost to Australian society in 2004–05 was estimated at $55.2 billion. Alcohol and tobacco are the two most significant causes of preventable death and disease. Despite causing widespread harms, substance use disorders (SUD’s) remain inadequately diagnosed and treated. Patients with SUD do not always present to services with substance use as a main concern, as a result medical practitioners play a key role in prevention, early detection and management of substance use. Screening and comprehensive assessment of substance use outcomes can improve health outcomes for patients and communities. This e-learning is designed to improve medical practitioners' knowledge and confidence in assessing alcohol and other drug use.

Learning outcomes
  • Understand the value of assessment for patients with AOD problems.
  • Identify the components of a biopsychosocial AOD assessment.
  • Differentiate between screening and assessment.
  • Describe contemporary assessment instruments used in the AOD sector.
  • Identify what is needed to conduct a comprehensive AOD assessment.
  • 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

    • 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 dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
    AOD Assessment
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    3 hrs
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    6 cpd
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