Substance Use Across the Lifespan (IHSU5006)


This unit focuses on amphetamine-type stimulant drugs, such as ‘ice’. It covers the science behind how stimulants work (pharmacology) 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.

Further unit of study information


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


written assignments (80%), class participation (10%), open book quiz (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.
National Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Drug Use during Pregnancy, Birth and the Early Development Years of the Newborn (2006). NSW Department of Health and Commonwealth of Australia.

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Study this unit outside a degree

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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.

Cross-institutional study

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.