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    A clinical paper addressing the use of medications in the treatment and management of people with addiction and co-existing disorders, with a particular focus on opioid substitution treatment.

    PSME 424 is part of a postgraduate training programme offered by the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, Christchurch, intended for a broad range of health professionals and colleagues in allied sectors who wish to study at a higher academic level and develop advanced clinical knowledge and skills in the addiction area.

    About this paper

    Paper title Addiction Pharmacotherapy
    Subject Psychological Medicine
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
    Students must have worked clinically for at least two years before commencing this paper, and at the time of study must be working clinically in a therapeutic setting.

    This paper is suitable for senior practitioners working with people suffering addiction and coexisting mental health problems, including experienced case managers, general practitioners, practice nurses, pharmacists, and opioid substitution treatment clinicians.


    Teaching staff

    Department of Psychological Medicine

    Paper Structure
    This nationally accessible paper provides students with knowledge and clinical skills in the use of medications in the overall management and treatment of people with addiction and coexisting mental health disorders and medical problems. The treatment of opioid dependence is given some emphasis on this paper as it provides examples of the most complex clinical cases in the field. It also deals with the range of new pharmacotherapies, both substitution and non-substitution treatments, that are becoming available in New Zealand.
    Teaching Arrangements

    PSME424 is currently not offered until further notice.

    Required: Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Other Opioid Replacement Therapies, Eds J. Ward, R.P. Mattick, W. Hall, 1998.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this paper students will be able to demonstrate:

    • A thorough knowledge and understanding, together with effective clinical skills, in the use of pharmacotherapy when intervening with people who have addictive disorders
    • Core knowledge and understanding of the phenomenology and aetiology of addictive disorders
    • Core knowledge and understanding of psychopharmacology as it relates to people with addictive disorders
    • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of comprehensive assessment and management planning
    • Knowledge and understanding about the principles of clinical case management for people with addictive disorders


    Not offered in 2024

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