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GP Education and Resources



Alcohol

Alcohol Treatment Guidelines

The Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems have been periodically developed over the past 25 years. The present version of the Guidelines was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Australia to remain current and integrated with the updated National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) consumption guidelines (2020). Guidelines are available to download here.

National GP Education Package for Alcohol and Other Drugs Treatment
Opioid Treatment
Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC)

The University of Sydney provides free courses to train health professionals on behalf of the NSW Ministry of Health. The courses assist in the development of knowledge, skills, and practices to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid dependence.

Medical and nurse practitioners can complete the Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC), which forms part of the process when applying for accreditation as an opioid pharmacotherapy prescriber.

There are 4 courses that are available to complete. Two of these courses (the Fundamentals of Opioid Treatment and OTAC) are related to the accreditation process; the other two are standalone topics relevant to prescribing opioid treatment.

If you are seeking to complete any of the 4 courses, visit www.otac.org.au to register for an account. For any enquiries, please send them through to otac.info@sydney.edu.au.

Treatment of opioid dependency with Depot Buprenorphine

Interim guidelines for depot buprenorphine were developed to provide a framework for clinical decision making for clinicians and consumers in a range of service settings involved in the delivery of treatment of long acting depot buprenorphine products.

Clinical guidelines for use of depot buprenorphine (Buvidal® and Sublocade®) in the treatment of opioid dependence

Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the NSW Health Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence

Webinars

Below are a series of webinars providing further information and guidance around depot buprenorphine:

Further Tools
  • Opioid Risk Indicator: In collaboration with Monash University, Healthdirect Australia has created a self-guided digital tool which asks the user a series of four questions to understand their level of concern in the past three months about their opioid medication use. The results page includes a supporting explanation of the outcome, links to additional information, links to find the nearest GP and an accompanying new planner tool which can help people prepare for the conversation with their GP.
  • Turn To Help: This is a national opioid addiction awareness program launched by Indivior. It comprises of consumer advertising, education and editorial, alongside in-clinic health care professional support resources.
Other Resources