Amphetamines, Polydrug Use and Psychosis (IHSU5005)


This unit focuses on amphetamine-type stimulant drugs, such as 'ice'. It covers the science behind how stimulants work (pharmacology and neurobiology) and the effects and harms of stimulant and polydrug use. Topics include the needs of clients, and complications such as HIV, as well as treatment approaches. The scientific understanding of psychosis and the use of antipsychotic medicines are considered. The unit develops students' skills to design a program evaluation including describing the program rationale, goals, communication with key stakeholders, collecting and analysing data and giving the results back to the community.

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Further unit of study information


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


1 x written assignment (60%), 1 x oral presentation on the assignment (20%), class participation (10%), formative assessment quizzes (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.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


IHSU5001 and IHSU5002



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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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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.