pha4isu clinical management of substance use




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces you to the underlying theory behind substance use and dependence and the diagnosis and management of substance use disorder. You will review the neurobiology and neuropharmacology of dependence and addiction and analyse and apply the current guidelines in clinical management, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, of substance use disorder and dependence on opioids.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPene Wood

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in SCAMB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
MediaHealthPathwaysRecommendedPHNs AUS 2018Primary Health Networks

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically review the aetiology, screening and clinical management, including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, of substance dependence and substance use disorder

Online modules, workshop

02. Critically review and develop strategies to recognise, prevent and respond to problematic illicit and pharmaceutical drug use

Online modules, workshop

03. Analyse the structural and functional aspects of the central nervous system that are involved in dependence and substance use disorder.

Online modules

04. Analyse the influences on the patient consultation process and therapeutic relationship and how it may influence a patient's behaviour and the clinician's decision-making in relation to the given situation.

Online modules

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPene Wood

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
Twenty four 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
2 x Online MCQ test (1000-words equivalent)2 x 40-minute online MCQs. Mix of short answer, complex case scenarios, categorize, video questions, choose your own adventure4001, 02, 03
Case study oral presentation (2000 words equivalent)20 minute oral case study delivered via Zoom2502, 04
Medication Assisted Treatment Research assignment (2500 word equiv)This assignment requires students to investigate the current management strategies for opioid dependence (including prescribing and supply) in their state including reference to all relevant guidelines and policies ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT: Accredited MATOD prescriber and dispenser training are offered in each state.3501, 02, 04