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Cover image for lecture: Party Drugs: Understanding the Mindset

Lecture Overview

Party drugs continue to grow in popularity in Australia as many more people appear to be engaging in recreational drug taking activities. This introductory session offers background on this phenomenon and helps you, as a healthcare professional, to get into the mindset of someone taking recreational party drugs, so to better provide the right care.


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John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald is an expert in Alcohol and Drug Policy. He is an associate professor at the University of Melbourne. He was previously acting CEO of VicHealth and a board director at Victoria's Northern Hospital. He has a PhD in pharmacology (on the drug ecstasy) and a second PhD in English on the discourse and language used to understand psychoactive substances. His research ranges across the policing of illicit drugs, the lived experience and cultural significance of psychoactive substance use, ranging across hallucinogenics, to stimulants, injectable opiates and alcohol. He is currently completing a book on drugs and pain. See Educator Profile


22 Total Rating(s)
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Mary Wright
30 Sep 2019

great resource

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Danielle Moore
26 May 2019

Good lecture, shame the visual/audio parts lecturer showed were not visible to viewers.

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Rekha Shrestha
22 May 2019


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Kerry Matters
19 May 2019

very informative and relevent

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Natalie King
17 May 2019

very informative and engaging, thank you

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Meagan packer
09 Apr 2019

It was a good short update on what’s happening amongst the party crowd and drug use . Interesting arguments about a different approach to zero tolerance which is invigorating to hear

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Dianne Walsh
09 Mar 2019

The party scene creates a feeling of connection to one another, the use of party drugs and the environment is well illustrated in the mindset model.

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jane prezma
16 Feb 2019

I found this lecturer engaging, he removed the hysteria surrounding this issue with clear statistics and practical methods to cope with this issue and reduce the harm to our youth, and exposes the manipulation of the 'party goers' by the commercial elements at these functions.

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Teresa Dempsey
15 Feb 2019

Wished The split screen was utilised more. Slides were out up to help give Group a visual understanding related to comments, but in first half of talk you didn’t see these. Otherwise was a good video talk.

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Karen Church
14 Feb 2019

Interesting and relevant.