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AOD and the Brain

by Insight

  • date & time

    Thu. 1 Dec 2022
    8:45 am – 4:30 pm

  • location
    Virtual Classroom: Zoom

This workshop 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 workshop. An alternative pre-requisite is the AOD and the Brain e-learning, which takes approximately two hours to complete.

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.

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