Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Reality - How Much Do We Use and What are the Harms? - PDC58950




12 hours

This online Short Course will look at recent trends in drug use in Australia as well as their harms and impacts on the individual and the community. While rates of alcohol and other drugs are at their lowest in decades, this does not automatically equate to reduced harms associated with drug use. The reasons for this will be also be explored, particularly related to the impact of a law-enforcement approach to drug use.

The fee for this short course will be $250.00.

Standard Course Structure

Study Mode: Online

12 hours

  1. Describe the prevalence of alcohol and other drugs within Australia
  2. Describe the prevalence of harms associated with alcohol and other drugs within Australia
  3. Explore the reasons for continued harms despite decrease rates of alcohol and other drugs use in Australia.


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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