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HS5111 - Alcohol and Other Drugs

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject supports skill and knowledge development in analysing and applying specialised, multi-disciplinary interventions for substance use disorders across various populations in rural and/or remote Australia. A work-based approach is employed in which students will explore the use of both common drugs and New (and emerging) Psychoactive Substances and the complexity of consumers with comorbidities. Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate to both individuals and organisations by apply this knowledge in conjunction with theories of addiction (including neural activity) and dependence by designing and delivering educational material (in accordance with heath literacy principles) and psycho-education sessions respectively. Students apply health promotion and planning principles to meet the challenges of treating Alcohol and other Drugs issues in this environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply advanced knowledge across a range of specialised psychosocial interventions relevant to substance use and mental health needs to a rural and remote setting;
  • critically analyse and plan evidence-based assessments and interventions across a range of substance misuse categories, including complex comorbidity and New (and emerging) Psychoactive Substances;
  • communicate complex knowledge and ideas about alcohol and other drugs clearly and coherently to individual and organisational audiences.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case study analysis - (50%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (50%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones, Ms Simone Dewar
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Anne Jones, Ms Simone Dewar.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - Online learning activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.