Opioids and Injecting Drug Use (IHSU5004)


This unit develops students' skills in assessment and management of clients with opioid dependence (e.g. dependence on heroin or strong painkillers). The role of opioid maintenance medicines such as methadone and buprenorphine will be examined. The unit also examines the impact of injecting drug use on health. Approaches to prevention and management of blood borne virus infections and other harm reduction initiatives are considered. In addition, ways of advocating for change in the community and influencing policy are will be discussed. Clinical assessment and management skills will be further developed. Communication skills in the health setting will be developed. After the block students will organise a half-day clinical placement in a drug and alcohol service.

Further unit of study information


block mode (5 days), followed by 50 hours of self-directed learning at home


written assignment (60%), class participation (10%), clinical placement and related tasks (20%), formative open book quiz (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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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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