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Workshop

AOD and the Brain

by Insight

  • date & time

    Tue. 27 Jul 2021
    9:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • location
    YETI, 3 Winkworth Street, Bungalow QLD 4870

This full day workshop targets practitioners working in specialist alcohol and drug and mental health settings who want to develop an in-depth neurobiological understanding of how psychoactive substances affect the brain and body.


By the end of this workshop learners will be able to:

  • Classify different drugs based on their effects
  • Understand the anatomy of the brain and body’s messaging systems and how they operate
  • Understand the process of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Describe key neurotransmitters and how substances affect their activity
  • Understand and describe concepts of intoxication, tolerance, dependence and withdrawal.
  • Identify different routes of administration and how this impacts a person's experience and risk exposure
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of how a substance moves through the body, including concepts of absorption, distribution, bioavailability, metabolism, elimination and drug half-lives.
  • How dependence develops and can be assessed to inform treatment planning.


NB: This workshop is a pre-requisite to the Assessing and Managing Withdrawal Virtual and Face 2 Face workshops. An alternative pre-requisite is the AOD and the Brain e-learning, which takes approximately two hours to complete.

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