Free Hand Hygiene Module

To ensure all health professionals are best prepared to contain the spread of coronavirus, we at Ausmed have made our Hand Hygiene Module free. We invite you to undertake this 40 minute module.

Cover image for lecture: Understanding Addiction and the Brain

Lecture Overview

Why do some people develop a dependence on alcohol or other drugs while others do not? This session will help you to understand what happens in the brain and body to a person taking drugs, and how dependence may develop. Includes an examination of the reward pathways in the brain, and the chemical reactions that follow.


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Tim Emerton

Tim Emerton works in an outpatient withdrawal and pharmacotherapy stabilisation clinic as a Nurse Practitioner: alcohol and other drugs. He also works in two pharmacotherapy clinics. Tim has worked in AOD and mental health for the past 24 years in various capacities. This has included managing an outpatient withdrawal service and a pharmacotherapy unit, delivering from cert IV to diploma level AOD education and case managing in a pharmacotherapy clinic. He has worked in the community and inpatient mental health settings. He spent 18 of those years working in the Northern Territory, which provided him with a diverse range of experiences. He was the Community Nurse of the Year in the Northern Territory in 2006 and he was the first AOD Nurse Practitioner in QLD. Tim has a passion to further professionalism and education in AOD nurses and the general community. See Educator Profile


44 Total Rating(s)
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John Austin ATKINSON
01 Feb 2020

Good overview of the topic with recent references to theories of understanding addicts and what treatment options may be available.

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bronwyn ann beecroft
17 Dec 2019

Very illuminating.

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Emily thomas
11 Dec 2019

Good informative lecture.

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Megan Hanlon
24 Oct 2019

A good general overview

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Rosemary Ireland
09 Oct 2019


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Jillian Finn
06 Oct 2019

Informative and evidence based

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Dianne Jackson
25 Sep 2019

I enjoyed the presentation.

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Tania Krupka
21 Sep 2019

A great lecture. Very informative and points to current neuroscience and research for further reading.

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Michael Anthony ALABAN
20 Sep 2019

excellent overview

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Trevor Lowe
09 Sep 2019

A good basic explanation of the neural pathways involved in addiction and some of the different mechanisms impacting upon them. Some good learnings explaining differential use of some medications