Alcohol and Other Drug-Related Brain Impairment

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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

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First Published10 December 2019
Updated10 December 2019
12 December 2021
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