Assessing and managing withdrawal is one of the core components of alcohol and other drug treatment. This course provides an overview of the assessment and management of withdrawal for people who are dependent on alcohol and other drugs as outlined in the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Clinical Practice Guidelines. Covering the five main substances of dependence (alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, cannabis, and methamphetamine), this training is suitable for all AOD and mental health practitioners and is especially recommended for Nurses working within these settings.
By the end of this workshop learners will be able to:
- Implement an alcohol and other drug assessment, focusing on identifying and managing potential risks across various substances
- Demonstrate a generalised understanding of the different substances including their respective pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
- Interpret and manage the signs and symptoms of substance-specific intoxication
- Identify the signs and symptoms of substance-specific dependence and withdrawal
- Apply a patient-centred substance-specific withdrawal management plan that determines and manages potential risks.
Pre-requisite learning: ‘AOD and the Brain’ e-learning or 'AOD in the Brain' Workshop
NB: This workshop is a prerequisite for the Advanced Withdrawal Course for Nurses.
To attend the virtual classroom please ensure:
- Your device has reliable internet to stream video and audio
- Your camera is able to remain on for the full duration of the workshop (except during designated breaks or as advised by the facilitator) and you have a microphone to enable you to engage in activities and discussions;
- You have access to the participant workbook (either electronically on a second screen, or a printed copy);
- You are in a quiet, appropriate space with minimal distractions;
- You are logged in on an individual device (do not join workshop as a group with other registered or non-registered participants).
NB: This workshop is open to QUEENSLAND workers only.