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ECU develops new addiction studies resources

Wednesday, 04 March 2009

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Edith Cowan University researcher, Shelley Beatty has co-authored a valuable learning resource for students of addiction studies.

Reducing Drug-Related Harm examines the evidence about the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug–related problems.

The book was written with input from Dr Steve Allsop, Professor and Director of the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University.

Dr Beatty says that drug-related problems are a cause for concern in many of the world’s communities and there is a lot of debate about how to address these problems.

“The book looks at the importance of prevention and harm minimisation strategies in a range of settings,” she says.

“It’s primarily aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate health and social science students but it will also be useful for others who are interested in understanding the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related problems.”

In a unique role-reversal, final year addiction studies students were given an opportunity to test-drive the book before it was published.

“A number of students provided feedback and suggestions to help ensure that the content is suitable for university students.”

“I think they really enjoyed a chance to go over their lecturer’s work with a red pen.”

Dr Beatty is a senior lecturer in addiction studies and Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Health Science program at Edith Cowan University.

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