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Lecture Overview

Understand how and why conducting a drug and alcohol history assessment is essential to your context of practice with this instructional session from experienced drug and alcohol nurse practitioner, Tim Emerton.


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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


20 Total Rating(s)
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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
07 Feb 2020

Great presentation

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Caroline Jenkins
20 Nov 2019

an excellent lecture in substance abuse and how to take a history .

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Dylan Jenkins
30 Oct 2019

Really engaging course.

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Wendy Somers
27 Oct 2019

Very informative

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14 Oct 2019

Very informative

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Michele Selby
09 Oct 2019

Interesting topic

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Natalie Barnes
07 Sep 2019


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Berlinda Rexter
07 Sep 2019

Excellent as refresher for those have experience in this area

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Mary stoikos
25 Aug 2019

I know have a better understanding and as I also teach AOD I am able to bring back more knowledge for my students

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Susan Pacey
23 Aug 2019