Alcohol and Other Drugs: Screening for Drug-Related Risks - PDC58963




12 hours

It has been increasingly recognised that prevention of substance-related issues entails more than discouraging use - it can include any effort to prevent negative consequences (e.g. motor vehicle accidents, health problems, unemployment, homelessness) that result from harmful alcohol or other drug use, as well as attempts to prevent hazardous use from progressing to addiction. Screening and brief intervention, in combination with well-defined pathways for referral to specialist treatment, provides a needed intersection between prevention and specialty treatment. This online Short Course will explore the process of screening for drug-related risks.

The fee for this short course will be $250.00.

Standard Course Structure

Study Mode: Online

12 hours

  1. Describe the importance of screening for risk of harm related to use of alcohol and other drugs
  2. Explain the key characteristics of a screening instrument
  3. Demonstrate an ability to administer the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST).


Online Quiz

There are no specific entry requirements, however, students enrolling in this course should work or study in the health, nursing, medical, general health, community work or corrective services professions.

This course provides Professional Development for health, nursing, medical, general health, community work and corrective services professionals.

Undertaking this course enables students to meet their Continuing Professional Development obligations and industry update requirements in their profession. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a CQUniversity Certificate of Completion.

Successful completion of all Alcohol and Other Drugs Short Courses (10) PLUS the Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment Module, will enable students to apply for credit transfer to the Post Graduate unit, NURS20178: ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS.

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