In this introductory talk on the science of addiction, Geoffrey Ahern provides an insight into this largely misunderstood and mysterious aspect of healthcare. Geoff's passionate and informed position on addiction will have you thinking twice about your views on people who are suffering from this condition, as well as begin to understand how it takes hold...
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.