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AOD and the Brain

by Insight

  • date & time

    Wed. 6 Oct 2021
    9:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • location
    Meeting Room 1, Cambridge Street Facility, 59 Cambridge Street, Vincent QLD 4814

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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