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186337 - Cannabis

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

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.

Learning outcomes
  • Apply the biopsychosocial context to the patient presenting with cannabis-use disorder to inform and guide treatment plannin
  • Understand cannabis-specific harm reduction practices and be able to offer harm reduction advice to the patient with cannabis use concerns.
  • Identify and respond to intoxication and overdose for patients with cannabis use concerns
  • Apply evidence-based practice to treatment planning and management for the patient in cannabis withdrawal
  • 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
    186337 - Cannabis
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    3 hrs
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    6 cpd
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