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Workshop

Understanding Psychoactive Drugs - Townsville

by Insight

  • date & time

    Fri. 5 Feb 2021
    8:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • location
    Palmerston Street Conference Room, Palmerston Street Facility (ATODS) Vincent Campus, 190 Palmerston Street, VINCENT QLD 4814

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: Warren Losberg.

Please contact the Mental Health Staff Development Team on (07) 4433 9480 or email MHCAMB@health.qld.gov.au for workshop information.

Please ensure adherence to all relevant conditions https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions for attendance to our workshops.

NB: Participants will be required to provide their own lunch.

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