Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Rural Health
OfferedMoe Second semester 2015 (Online)


This unit, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Issues in Rural Communities explores the context in which AOD use and management occurs in rural areas of Australia. The unit introduces students to current debates and issues in the AOD field and examines responses to these issues in the community and in alcohol and other drug services in rural areas. The focus of the unit is to critically appraise AOD issues and apply these understandings to particular rural communities.

This unit primarily takes the form of a series of case studies or scenarios that highlight particular issues relevant to the unit's broader topic areas. Students are required to respond to the case studies via small research style activities (for example sourcing information from local council or AOD services or studying readings) and then relate the findings to key topic questions in an online forum. The Case Study Discussion Forum will allow information to accrue that provides a valuable resource for use in unit assessment and allows students to interact with the unit advisor, fellow students and practitioners in the field.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify some current health issues facing AOD users and AOD service providers in rural areas.
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of interventions to reduce AOD related harm in rural Australia.
  3. Reflect on the ways that some key social factors influence AOD use and service provision in rural areas.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of some theories about drug use and addiction in rural areas.
  5. Describe the relationship of the AOD issues identified during the unit to alcohol or drug use and service provision in a particular rural context.


Discussion ongoing group forum (40%)
One short critique (20%)
Essay (40%)

Workload requirements

156 hours; 12 hours per week.

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