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TM5575 - Substance Misuse Prevention

[Not offered in 2015]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject provides students with an understanding of the area of Substance Misuse with a particular focus on minimising or preventing its associated harms at the population or community level. The subject explores theories and approaches which are be used to prevent or reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with substance misuse. It provides the student with knowledge and skills to be able to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their own substance misuse prevention interventions. It explores the breadth of substance misuse prevention activities, risk factors and strategies used to understand and prevent substance misuse. Students will be provided with a range of insights in substance misuse specific areas including: violence and crime prevention; enhancing community safety, regulation, health impacts including mental health. This subject will be of particular value to those working at a community level, within a government agency, for community groups and non-government agencies or those wanting to know more about how substance misuse problems can be prevented. Specific areas which will be covered include: burden of disease from particular kinds of substance misuse; theories of addiction, contemporary substance misuse interventions and treatment; social determinants of addiction, addiction and social exclusion, the theoretical basis of substance misuse prevention in Australia and in the surrounding region; epidemiological approaches to substance misuse prevention, law and regulation, community approaches to substance misuse prevention; developing, implementing and evaluating a community-based substance misuse prevention program; substance misuse and the policy environment; exploration of specific substance misuse topics including, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, other illicit drugs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance misuse, health promotion strategies for reducing substance misuse, monitoring and evaluation techniques including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of substance misuse prevention theories and practices, methods and approaches to evaluation;
  • Knowledge of community-based approaches;
  • Knowledge of substance misuse epidemiology;
  • Ability to communicate with a range of audiences particularly, policy makers, the public and the media;
  • Ability to implement a substance misuse prevention intervention and evaluate its effects.

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.