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GENA734 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Addiction and Drug Abuse

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Addresses the support required in primary/integrated health care settings to implement evidence-based strategies for managing alcohol, tobacco and other substance or behavioural addiction.

Alcohol, smoking, other drug use and dependency affect a significant number of New Zealanders, with particular impact on M?üori and Pacific peoples and with serious consequences for those with co-existing mental health problems or other chronic illness and with additional hidden harms to family and community. There is considerable evidence to suggest that primary care management can be effective, safe, accessible and affordable, and there are expectations both nationally and internationally that the primary sector could and should play a greater role in this regard.

However, this idealism is driven by political and economic considerations that do not adequately address the barriers to successful implementation by the sector. These barriers are not simply a lack of health professional clinical knowledge and skills to apply evidence-based guidelines in primary health care settings, but are more fundamental issues: the chronic and relapsing nature of addiction; the defining features of denial and resistance to change; the phenomenon of addiction switching from an illicit behaviour (drug use) to legal addictive behaviour (alcohol, tobacco abuse, gambling, overeating); societal stigma and personal and community shame. This paper will allow health professionals working in the community to explore the barriers that exist in their own clinical practices and create a customised plan for supporting healthier lifestyle in regard to alcohol, tobacco, other drug use and addictions in their primary care setting.

Paper title Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Addiction and Drug Abuse
Paper code GENA734
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,400.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,934.75

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Limited to
PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, MHealSc
Includes a residential period.
Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.
Teaching staff
To be advised.
Teaching Arrangements
One compulsory residential workshops in Wellington. Taught primarily through Blackboard with video conferences throughout the semester.
All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication.
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Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
Learning Outcomes
To be advised.

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system