Non-dependent Alcohol Use Disorders (IHSU5001)


This unit looks at substance use and misuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) communities: its cultural and historical background, the scientific basis of addiction, its causes and how common it is (epidemiology). Students will consider the harms of of alcohol use: to body, mind, family and community. They will examine and critically consider approaches to prevent substance misuse and also early intervention and harm reduction measures. Both the clinical and public health settings will be examined. In this block we will provide examples focusing on non-dependent alcohol use. Case-based learning will draw on students' professional experience in the drug and alcohol field. In addition, students will be expected to draw on their cultural knowledge to develop their drug and alcohol client assessment and responses to substance misuse. Students will analyse their community setting and explore the role of the Indigenous drug and alcohol professional in providing drug and alcohol prevention, brief intervention and harm reduction to individuals and communities.

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block mode (7.5 weekdays), followed by 50 hours of self-directed learning at home


1 x written assignment (60%), 1 x oral presentation (15%), class participation and class attendance (15%), open book quiz (formative assessment) (10%), required reflective report (formative assessment)


Lee K, Freeburn B, Ella S, Miller W, Perry J & Conigrave K (2012). Handbook for Aboriginal alcohol and drug work. Sydney, NSW: University of Sydney.
Ministerial Council on Drugs Strategy. National Drug Strategy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Complementary Action Plan 2003-2006. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2003.
Haber, P., Lintzeris, N., et al. (2009). Quick reference guide to the treatment of alcohol problems: companion document to the guidelines for the treatment of alcohol problems. Canberra: Prepared for the Australian Government Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing

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