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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 as a Nurse Practitioner: alcohol and other drugs in an outpatient withdrawal and pharmacotherapy stabilisation clinic. 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 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. He was the first AOD Nurse Practitioner in QLD. He has a passion to further professionalism and education in AOD nurses and the general community.



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Heather Blackhall
24 Jul 2019

Wonderful overview of how to conduct a Clinical Assessment with people who experience substance use and abuse.