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Workshop

Understanding Psychoactive Drugs - Brisbane

by Insight

  • date & time

    Tue. 25 Feb 2020
    9:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • location
    4th Floor, 270 Roma Street, 'Biala' City Community Health Centre, Brisbane QLD 4000

Prerequisite: eLearning - Induction – Module 2 -  Understanding Psychoactive Drugs

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


Presenters:  Jim Hunt and Dan Phillips


Tea, coffee and a light lunch are provided at all full-day workshops at Biala. Please note that the room can get quite cold at times, so bring a jacket if you think you may need one. The building is wheelchair accessible and interpreters, captioning services and other sensory impairment aids can be organised if required. Please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to your workshop to discuss. Roma Street train and bus station is the closest public transport access to Biala and current construction works are being undertaken on the Cross River Rail project, for up to date information on how this may impact you, please refer to https://crossriverrail.qld.gov.au/construction/roma-street-construction/

NB: There is no parking available at Biala.

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