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Workshop

Understanding Psychoactive Drugs - Gold Coast

by Insight

  • date & time

    Tue. 9 Jun 2020
    9:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • location
    Room 14, Level G, Block E, Pathology and Education Building, Gold Coast University Hospital, Parklands Drive, Southport QLD 4215

Prerequisite eLearning: Online Induction Material – Module 2 

NB: This course is a pre-requisite for the “Assessing and Managing Withdrawal” workshop.


This workshop covers foundational knowledge and concepts required to work in the alcohol and other drug field.

Topics covered include:

  • History of substance use, statistics, prevalence and rates of use
  • Moral, legal, disease and bio-psychosocial models of substance use
  • Australian drug policy frameworks and guidelines
  • Basic neurobiology and pharmacology
  • Routes of administration
  • Patterns of use and harms from substance use
  • Intoxication and overdose
  • Tolerance, dependence and withdrawal
  • Foundational therapeutic concepts including the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Changes)
  • Overview of the Queensland AOD Treatment System
  • The evidence-base underpinning therapeutic interventions


Presenter: Jim Hunt and Lisa Barling


For the Gold Coast University Hospital map, please click here. Participants will be required to provide their own lunch.


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