Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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 explores the context in which drug use and drug management occur in rural areas of Australia. The unit introduces students to current, and at times contentious, debates in the alcohol and other drug field and examines responses to these issues in the community and in services in rural areas. Students are encouraged to critically appraise drug issues and apply these understandings to particular rural communities. Core topics explore: historical context of drug issues; theories of addiction; current drug policies in Australia; the cultural context of drugs and alcohol; drug use in rural Australia; drug services in rural areas; co-morbidity and dual diagnosis.


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

  1. understand current issues facing AoD users AoD service providers in rural areas;
  2. gain a basic knowledge of national, community-based, and specialist interventions to reduce AoD related harm in rural Australia
  3. reflect on the ways that social factors (e.g. historical, cultural, policy factors) influence AoD use and service provision in rural areas;
  4. be aware of theories and understandings of drug use and addiction in rural areas; and
  5. apply these understandings on AoD issues to drug use and drug services in particular local areas.


Discussion group forum (30%)
Short critique (30%)
Essay (40%)

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