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What constitutes 'drug-seeking' behaviour? Is it always hostile? What are less obvious signs?In this lecture, Geoff Ahern puts forward some techniques to identify drug-seeking behaviour and how opioid use can soon become misuse if not monitored closely.


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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


5 Total Rating(s)
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Udo Hoffmann
07 Jul 2018

Another great presentation from Geoff. Thank you :)

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Sarah J Finlayson
29 May 2018

Great lecture; thank you!

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Devika Nandanimala
22 May 2018

Good information

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Carolyn Stevens
29 Oct 2017

Engaging and informative

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Ivan Ng
19 Oct 2017

Video presentation was insightful. Advocacy of alternative pain therapy should be instilled within the workplace. PRN (S4/S8) medications should be used, in my opinion, only when all other options have failed or have been nullified.

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Riza Magnaye
18 Oct 2017


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First Published17 October 2017
Updated17 October 2017
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