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Cover image for lecture: Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Brain Impairment

Lecture Overview

In recent years, Australian hospitals have seen more and more admissions of patients withdrawing from alcohol. In this lecture, Ella Smith explains the harmful impact alcohol has on the brain. Gain insight into withdrawal, Wernicke's encephalopathy and hepatic encephalopathy, essential knowledge for all healthcare professionals who care for those withdrawing from alcohol and other substances. Watch this lecture now to learn some basic management strategies when caring for a person experiencing alcohol withdrawal.


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Ella Smith

Ella is a Nurse Practitioner with the Addiction Medicine Consultation Liaison team at Western Health, working across Sunshine and Footscray Campuses. Previous experience has included working in the residential detox unit at Uniting Regen, Custodial nurse with Victoria Police and private practice ORT clinic in the Geelong region. Ella studied with the University of Melbourne to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health and a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner). Ella is also a Pilates instructor and has a passion for getting people moving to improve their physical and mental health. See Educator Profile


40 Total Rating(s)
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Margaret Smith
22 Mar 2020

Well articulated & informative.

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Linda Mai
22 Mar 2020

Very informative.

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Shamiso Dzinavatonga
21 Mar 2020

well presented

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Peer Asmussen
14 Mar 2020


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Jacqueline Dechaineux
28 Feb 2020

Very informative

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Jodie Parsons
28 Feb 2020

very informative and now having a greater understanding of the complex needs of patients.

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Jayne Cvetanoski
06 Feb 2020

The topic was was well covered. The information presented was well paced.

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Mary Grace Loquinte
02 Feb 2020

Informational and the presentation was well organised.

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Cheerie Pitt
27 Jan 2020

Very good information and well presented.

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Alison Lee
22 Jan 2020

Great basic understanding of what to look for with alcohol and other drugs during presentation in ED.