Cannabis, Tobacco and Depression (IHSU5003)
UNIT OF STUDY
This unit looks at how common cannabis, tobacco and related harms are in Indigenous Australian communities, as well as their impact and the science behind each of these substances (pharmacology). The link between cannabis use and depression and other psychiatric conditions will be explored. The nature and treatment of depression is examined, particularly in individuals who use cannabis. At the public health level, this unit focuses on tobacco and drug policy and how it influences programs at the local level and impacts on health of Indigenous Australians. Students will look at strategies to reduce smoking and cannabis related harm in individuals and communities. The health professional's role in influencing policy and programs in culturally secure ways will be explored.
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block mode (5 days), followed by 50 hours of self-directed learning at home
1 x written assignment (80%), class participation (10%), open book quizzes (formative assessment) and clinical skills assessment (formative) (10%).
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
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