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Navigating through the storm of substance use in adolescents Members login for free access About RACGP online events


Type: On-demand
Recorded: 8 Dec 2021


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Navigating through the storm of substance use in adolescents

On-demand recorded 8 Dec 2021

Adolescence is the peak age of initiation of substance use, but few adolescents seek treatment for their general health. Alcohol, Nicotine and Cannabis remain the most common substances used, however, polysubstance use is common and associated with greater harms. General Practitioners are at the frontline of providing screening for young people at risk, as well as brief interventions.

This webinar will provide an understanding of the evidence around substance use in adolescents and their comorbid conditions. It will provide tools for screening and assessing adolescents in General Practice. Dr Katherine Klamka and Ms Georgia Farrar will provide a summary of referral pathways and evidence based management approaches relevant to General Practice.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify adolescents that are at risk substance use, including how to successfully screen and assess patients.
  2. Discuss management principles of substance use in adolescents including identifying intoxication, managing withdrawal, providing early interventions.
  3. Be aware of evidence based treatment options including models of care for young people with substance use.
  4. Deliver brief interventions for young people with substance use.
This event attracts 2 CPD points

This event attracts 2 CPD points


Dr Hester Wilson
FAChAM, Chair RACGP Specific Interests Addiction Medicine

Dr Hester Wilson is a GP, addiction specialist and Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Addiction Medicine. Hester has many years’ experience working with people with addiction issues in both general practice and specialist settings and the lead clinician in the GP liaison in alcohol and other drugs (GLAD) project in South East Sydney Local Health District. She is a Conjoint Lecturer and PhD candidate, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales.


Dr Katherine Klamka
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Advanced Trainee

Ms Georgia Farrar
Clinical Psychologist, CICADA Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Service, Children’s Hospital Westmead.


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