Question 1

Consider Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in hospital emergency departments. What are the perceived potential benefits of SBIRT in this context? What are some potential barriers to implementation and what options might be considered to overcome these barriers?

Question 2

This course has presented recovery from addiction as a pathway that will vary according to the circumstances of the individual.

  • Identify and describe the broad categories of intervention that might be associated with a recovery pathway.
  • What is the role of each of these categories of intervention?
  • What is the relevance of the model of stages of change to a recovery pathway?

Question 3

Consider a person who has decided to stop drinking alcohol following heavy and prolonged consumption.

  • Describe the symptoms of withdrawal that may be seen after they stop drinking.
  • What are the main factors that might be taken into consideration when deciding the best setting to undertake alcohol withdrawal?
  • Outline the principles of alcohol withdrawal management and longer term management of alcohol use disorder.

Question 4

Consider methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.

  1. Describe the main pharmacological properties of each of these medications.
  2. What is the rationale for their use in the treatment of substance use disorders?

Question 5

Heroin and methamphetamine are relatively common illicit drugs, but there are differences in the treatment options.

  1. Describe the main treatment approaches available to treat each of these drugs.
  2. Explain the reasons for identified differences in treatment options.

Question 6

If cannabis were legalised for recreational use in Australia, what public health considerations would you suggest to minimise harms?