Terms commonly used in the alcohol and other drug field are listed below.

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Deep Learning | Dependence | Didactic Instruction | Diffusion of Innovation | Discipline | Dissemination | Distance Education | Drug | Drug Worker

Deep Learning

Learning that emphasises the pursuit of meaning and understanding. Deep learners are intrinsically motivated to learn and the act of learning is itself rewarding. The major goal is to integrate new learning and ideas with existing understanding. In contrast, surface learners are primarily motivated to meet minimum task requirements and see learning as primarily a matter of reproducing information without any particular interest in its meaning (Knapper, 2001). [Knapper, 2001]


Particular behavioural, cognitive and physiological effects that may arise through repeated substance use. Psychological characteristics of dependence include a strong desire to take the drug, impaired control over use, persistent use despite harmful consequences, and the prioritisation of drug use over other activities (NCETA, 2002).

Didactic Instruction

Information disseminated using a lecture-type method whereby an educator or lecturer speaks to a wide audience with minimal interaction with or participation from the learners (Ask et al, 1998). [Ask et al, 1998]

Diffusion of Innovation

An end state (of a passive nature) in which an innovation is fully accepted and adopted by an organisation or community and transferred to an ultimate user (Ask et al, 1998). [Ask et al, 1998]


A branch or area of learning (Knight and Nestor, 2000). [Knight and Nestor, 2000]


The process of sending out information or making it widely available to others in the scientific and/or larger community (Lock et al, 1999). [Lock et al, 1999]

Distance Education

A mode of education in which students enrolled in a course do not attend the institution, but study off-campus and may submit assignments by mail or email (Knight and Nestor, 2000). [Knight and Nestor, 2000]


Chemical substance used for its psychoactive effects. The term is used to include tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs and illicit drugs (NCETA, 2002).

Drug Worker

Any worker whose primary role is to reduce the harm associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs by the provision of clinical support services, information and education, and prevention services aimed at supporting individuals and communities. (Wood, 1997 cited by Ask et al, 1998).


Knapper, C. (2001). Lifelong Learning in the Workplace. In A.M. Roche, J. McDonald (Eds) Systems, Settings, People: Workforce Development Challenges in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Field, Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), p129-138. (317KB)

Ask, A., Ashenden, R., Allsop, S., Cormack, S., Addy, D., Beel, A. (1998). Education and Training Programs for Frontline Professionals Responding to Drug Problems in Australia: A Literature Review. Adelaide: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).

Knight, A., Nestor, M. (2000). A glossary of Australian vocational education and training terms. National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd, Adelaide.

Lock, C.A., Kaner, E.F.S., Heather, N., McAvoy, B.R., Gilvarry, E. (1999). A randomized trial of three marketing strategies to disseminate a screening and brief alcohol intervention programme to general practitioners. British Journal of General Practice, 49:695-698.