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What therapeutic interventions are effective in treating prescription medicine dependence? How do you identify if a person is ready to change? How can we respond to people of different ages, demographics and who are at different stages of use? This lecture gives practical advice on how to: tailor interventions, refer appropriately, and link services to the client’s stage to maximise engagement.


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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.


2 Total Rating(s)
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Marian Soares
01 May 2018

Informative and good at communicating this info.

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Emily Gillies
19 Nov 2017

Very good lecture and very insightful and empathetic lecturer.

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Published24 October 2017
Expires21 September 2018
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Psychosocial Considerations
Community Nursing
Primary Health Care
Mental Health
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