FUNDAMENTALS OF DRUG USE IN SOCIETY

PHA4DUS

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Drug use affects almost everybody in society. This blended subject critically appraises harm minimisation approaches and the history of drug use in Australia and internationally from a public health perspective reflecting on how social, economic and political factors and other complexities can affect the role that drugs and drug use can have in contemporary Australia. This subject will explore rates of drug use and harms, drug use as framed in the media and popular culture, drugs and the internet. Public policy responses to drug use will be examined, including prevention, treatment, legal issues and regulation, and policing. Workshops will take these factors into consideration and apply them to the role pharmacists can play in developing harm minimisation models within appropriate ethical and legal frameworks.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPene Wood

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

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

Available as ElectiveNo

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Readings

Drug use and Public Health

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorMoore, D., & Dietze, P.

Year2008

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PublisherOxford University Press Australia & New Zealand

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Drug use in Australia: preventing harm

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorHamilton, M, King, T & Ritter, A

Year2004

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PublisherOxford University Press Australia & New Zealand

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Drug Use in Australian Society

Resource TypeRecommended

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AuthorLee, N, King, T & Ritter, A

Year2017

Edition/Volume2nd Ed

PublisherOxford University Press Australia & New Zealand

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply critical thinking and judgement about how social, economic, regulatory and political factors and policies have shaped the development of drug distribution and use locally and globally.
02. Critique public health perspectives on alcohol and other drugs including harm minimisation and health promotion strategies. Assess the specific outcomes of use of these substances and how this may impact a community response.
03. Analyse the current theories, principles and models of harm minimisation (demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction with respect to both licit and illicit drugs.
04. Critically analyse the role of the pharmacist in each of the pillars of harm minimisation (demand reduction, supply reduction and harm reduction especially with regard to their role in prevention and consumer education.
05. Outline and interpret the law and literature with regard to ethics, privacy, informed consent and service provision in the harm reduction space and investigate strategies to overcome issues in order to deliver optimal patient outcomes.

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