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Activity description

108893 - Walking on thin ICE: methamphetamine in general practice

RACGP Victoria

This education activity will provide GPs with tools and strategies to build their skills and knowledge in order to respond to and treat methamphetamine users safely and effectively.

Relevance to General Practice

Amphetamine-type stimulants, such as methylamphetamine, are the second most widely used illicit drug in the world, following cannabis. The Australian methylamphetamine market remained fairly stable in the decade to 2010. However, in the past five years there has been significant growth in the detected importation, manufacture and supply of the drug. Following cannabis and MDMA, methylamphetamine is reported to be the third most commonly used illicit drug in Australia among people who have recently used drugs. Psychological, medical and social consequences of methylamphetamine use are as devastating to the community as they are to the individual user. crystal methylamphetamine users are more likely to demonstrate violent behaviours, including assaults and sexual assaults. These harms have placed significant demands on the resources of the health care system which treats both users and victims of the violent behaviour. (1).

(1) The Australian Methylamphetamine market (2015) by ACIC

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and assess the signs and symptoms of methamphetamine intoxication and dependence
  2. Implement communication strategies to effectively engage with methamphetamine users
  3. Implement a holistic intervention plan to assist methamphetamine users

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Appropriate mode of care delivery to suit the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Shared decision making and informed consent are explained and obtained

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Addiction medicine

Partnering organisations

Victorian Government - Department of Health and Human Services
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Session summary


Tuesday 20 March 2018
6:30pm - 9:00pm


The Ibis Styles, 25-41 Princes Highway, Sale


Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Emily Lindsay
T: 0386990488

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