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Lecture Overview

In recent years, Australian hospitals have seen more and more admissions of patients withdrawing from alcohol. In this lecture, Ella Smith explains the harmful impact alcohol has on the brain. Gain insight into withdrawal, Wernicke's encephalopathy and hepatic encephalopathy, essential knowledge for all healthcare professionals who care for those withdrawing from alcohol and other substances. Watch this lecture now to learn some basic management strategies when caring for a person experiencing alcohol withdrawal.


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Ella Smith

Ella is a Nurse Practitioner with the Addiction Medicine Consultation Liaison team at Western Health, working across Sunshine and Footscray Campuses. Previous experience has included working in the residential detox unit at Uniting Regen, Custodial nurse with Victoria Police and private practice ORT clinic in the Geelong region. Ella studied with the University of Melbourne to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health and a Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner). Ella is also a Pilates instructor and has a passion for getting people moving to improve their physical and mental health. See Educator Profile


20 Total Rating(s)
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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
21 Jan 2020

Informed assessment of treatment options

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Michael Howard
18 Jan 2020

Very interesting and informative

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Kerrie Hodge
13 Jan 2020

Good knowledge base and well paced information.

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Shiwajni devi
12 Jan 2020


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Dallas Campbell
11 Jan 2020

Interesting and educational.

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Alexandra Ehlert
06 Jan 2020

Good overview of treatments for very common problem. Separation of outcomes for long term use and presentation

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Juliet Payne
01 Jan 2020

Very educational

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Akuhata Horspool
21 Dec 2019

Valuable information but distracted by presenters preference & use of the "Umm" phrase

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bronwyn ann beecroft
19 Dec 2019


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Michael Wright
18 Dec 2019

Good resource, well presented and should be manadatory training for AOD Clinicians