Early registrations now open for International MOOC focusing on older people & substance use

February 2019

NCETA is partnering once again with Middlesex University (UK) and Matua Raki (NZ) to conduct the highly successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life. More than 1,600 people registered globally when the course was previously run in 2017 and 2018.

Commencing on 13 May 2019, Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life will run for five weeks with a weekly study commitment of approximately five hours.

This free course is designed for:

  • Professionals and support staff working in the AOD or aged care sectors
  • Educators who would like to build their knowledge across disciplines and internationally
  • Older people, their families and community-based networks.

The course:

  • Covers issues in dealing with problematic AOD use among older people
  • Provides an opportunity for workers to compare practice and share knowledge and skills across different disciplines
  • Highlights examples of evidence-based interventions and best practice
  • Promotes health and wellbeing in ageing populations
  • Aims to develop a community of practice and ongoing networking opportunities among participants.

Drawing on international expertise from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand the course addresses these issues from a health, social care and public health perspective.


Click here to register for the course.

The MOOC also showcases NCETA’s resource Preventing and Reducing Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Harm among Older People: A practical guide for health and welfare professionals, developed in collaboration Peninsula Health Victoria.

The guide forms part of NCETA’s ongoing research program on AOD use in older populations and is available for download from NCETA’s webpage.