International MOOC on substance use among older people returns in 2018

June 2018

Following the enormous success in 2017 of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life, NCETA and its partners, Middlesex University (UK) and Matua Raki (NZ) are running the course again in 2018.

Last time over 500 learners from around the world joined the MOOC with many commenting that they found the course to be extremely practical and that they enjoyed accessing course materials such as NCETA’s Grey Matters Conference proceedings, from different countries.

Commencing on Monday 11 June 2018, the free online MOOC will include:

  • An introduction to the issues around problematic AOD use among older people including context of use, and causes and recognition of problems
  • Sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise across different disciplines and countries
  • Examples of interventions and best practice to address the issues and promote health and wellbeing in older people
  • A community of practice and networking.

Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life examines these and other issues from a health, social care, informal carer and public health perspective.

It runs for five weeks and takes no more than five hours a week to complete and is particularly relevant for:

  • Professionals and support staff working in AOD and aged care services
  • Older people, families and their community based networks who are dealing with AOD-related issues
  • Educators who want to build their knowledge across disciplines and internationally.

Click here to register with Future Learn to participate in the MOOC.

The course includes a specific focus on Preventing and Reducing Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Harm among Older People: A practical guide for health and welfare professionals developed by NCETA in collaboration with Peninsula Health Victoria.

To access this Guide and to find out more about NCETA’s program of work on AOD use among older people please see NCETA’s webpage or contact us: