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Cover image for lecture: Addiction and Substance Use in Australia

Lecture Overview

Have you ever thought about how your own biases may affect the way we engage with someone? Addiction is complex and can be influenced by a range of factors. In this lecture, Geoff Ahern delves into substance use and outlines how we as health professionals should approach addiction.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. See Educator Profile


41 Total Rating(s)
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Aristotle Garces
30 Mar 2020

Great presentor

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Summer Olive Fuentes
26 Mar 2020

amazing speaker, so much you can learn in one sitting.

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Bronwyn Gravina
24 Mar 2020

Excellent resource engaging and a great speaker.

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Shamiso Dzinavatonga
22 Mar 2020

well presented

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Efstathia Stanitsas
18 Mar 2020

Great lecture.

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Alexandra Fitzgerald
11 Mar 2020

Very well presented - great resource

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Danielle Maxwell
21 Feb 2020

Excellent resource. Every Nurse should see this.

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Sonu merin james
20 Feb 2020

excellent as always

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Jennifer Wallis
14 Feb 2020

This is an excellent presentation, given by an engaging speaker. It is a message that needs to be more widely heard, so that we can change some of the negative attitudes and culture that exists in the health care system

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Natalie Walter
09 Feb 2020

This is Ausmed’s internet winner today! Gold stars to presenter! A topic which all health professionals should watch and learn from to make a huge difference to patient’s lives. Thankyou