Department of Midwifery, Community and Public Health

Successful Alcohol, Smoking and Illicit Drugs Study Day

Thursday, 07 July 2011


The Alcohol, Smoking and Illicit Drugs Study Day took place on 24th June. It was organised by Dr Jan Fischer and aims to explore public health and social care issues around drinking, smoking and drug taking in contemporary society and addresses usage patterns, problems and common treatment options. It is a multiprofessional conference with speakers from research, health promotion and clinical practice backgrounds.

The day was a great success with approximately 165 students and practitioners attending from a range of health and social care disciplines including nursing and midwifery.

It was opened by Professor Joanne Neale, Professor of Public Health and Professor Linda King, Associate Dean, Research and Knowledge Transfer gave the introduction. It continued with the wide variety of multiprofessional speakers giving different perspectives on drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and taking illicit drugs.

During the break, there was a wide variety of information stalls to view, including those of treatment providers and charities. Some stalls attracted great interest and started lively debates. The cake sale in aid of BirthLink raised £107.

Professor Linda King said ‘The study day is an excellent example of how multidisciplinary and cutting edge research in the Faculty can directly contribute to enhancing the student experience’

Related research website: http://shsc.brookes.ac.uk/research/drug-alcohol