Wollongong will serve as the backdrop for a training video developed by the World Health Organisation to educate nurses on how to screen patients for alcohol and other drug use.
Shellharbour TAFE, Alibi Bar in Wollongong and the Illawarra escarpment all feature in the video, which was shot by a Wollongong film crew.
The film is the brainchild of Jennifer Harland, from the Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia-World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, and focuses on how nurses can use the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test - known as ASSIST - to care for patients.
ASSIST is a 10 to 15-minute questionnaire that encourages people to think about their substance use and whether they need to change their habits.
It was developed about 10 years ago by renowned addiction psychologist Professor John Marsden in conjunction with the World Health Organisation.
Prof Marsden, based at King's College London, was at Belmore Basin yesterday to shoot and narrate the video's final scenes.
He said ASSIST was a great tool to make people aware of the extent of their drug and alcohol use and was keen to take part in the video to encourage more health professionals to use it.
"Just a few questions about the role that substance is playing in their life can be enough to make them think about whether they need to make some changes."
The film uses three different scenarios - performed by Illawarra actors and health professionals - to demonstrate to nurses how they can incorporate ASSIST into their practice.
From the start of next year, the video will be shown to undergraduate nursing uni students across Australia, before being made available to TAFE, enrolled and registered nurses.
Ms Harland hopes the film will eventually be shown to nurses globally.
Prof Marsden said it was important nurses knew how to use ASSIST because they were the "backbone" of Australia's healthcare system.
"They are absolutely dedicated to patient welfare and health, and want to make a difference."