Overview

Addiction Medicine has an active teaching program relating to alcohol and other drugs. This includes teaching of medical students, electives in the Masters of Public Health, research students, and professional education. In addition, tertiary courses in alcohol and other drugs and health for Indigenous health workers have recently been created, with the first intake of students commencing in 2008.

Sydney Medical Program

Drug and alcohol issues are primarily built into years/stages 1 and 4 of the Medical Program. Due to the diverse range of problems related to Drug and Alcohol use and misuse, and a pervasive tendency to minimise their significance, maintenance of teaching skills is of importance to ensure the students are well taught. Sharing of teaching tasks across the small number of academic staff in the three clinical schools is important.

Masters of Public Health

Two electives, PUBH5114 and PUBH5115, in drug and alcohol were established in 2000 within the Master of Public Health program and these are now available as external courses. These electives aim to assist students in developing an evidence based understanding of the epidemiology of alcohol and drug use, its impact on health and the effectiveness of strategies for prevention and management of related problems.

For more information on how to enrol in these courses, click here.

Courses in Indigenous Health

These new courses are designed for Indigenous Health Professionals wishing to further develop their skills in the field of prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The Graduate Diploma is a 12 month block release course, which includes learning in the field of clinical skills, prevention and policy, and management. The Graduate Certificate is a shorter, 6 month course. The Masters course includes the Graduate Diploma teaching experience, then goes on for another 12 months to include course work in the field of public health in relation to substance use.

Visit the Indigenous Programs page of this site for further details.

Enquiries to A/Prof Kate Conigrave, Email: k.conigrave@usyd.edu.au

Supervision of Students

A number of academics are involved in supervision of Masters, Honours and PhD level students within the School of Public Health. See staff details. Current research projects and opportunities for students are shown in the Research Tab of this site.

Drug and Alcohol Medical Teaching Project

A series of lecture presentations have been developed with the aim of providing a publicly available, comprehensive resource for use in drug and alcohol medical education across New South Wales and beyond. The lectures were developed from contributions by various drug and alcohol staff from across the University of Sydney, along with drug and alcohol staff from other New South Wales universities and institutions. The project was funded by the Centre for Drug and Alcohol, New South Wales Department of Health.

To view and/or download these lectures, please visit the Lectures Tab of this website.