The University of Sydney Discipline of Addiction Medicine provides two free courses to train health professionals to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid dependence. The courses, which align with the NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence 2018, include:
- The Fundamentals Training Course: a short, introductory, online course for all health professionals to develop knowledge about the operation of the NSW Opioid Treatment Program and the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies. The course forms the first step of the application process for medical and nurse practitioners to receive accreditation to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies.
- The Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC): the second step in the process to attain accreditation. This is a comprehensive, one-day, face-to-face course facilitated by addiction medicine specialists and is aimed at medical and nurse practitioners wishing to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies for up to 200 patients. The face-to-face course will be held in Newcastle on 23 March 2019.
Course content includes all stages of patient treatment, from induction to stabilisation, to patient withdrawal from treatment. Consumer perspectives relating to treatment are also discussed. A short examination is administered to assess participant knowledge and for accreditation purposes.
Practitioners will be given the opportunity to complete a half-day clinical placement with an addiction medicine specialist prior to applying for accreditation to the NSW Ministry of Health Pharmacotherapy Credentialing Subcommittee. The placements provide an opportunity to integrate both knowledge and skills gained through the courses into clinical practice.
To access and register for these training courses, visit the OTAC website.
For enquiries regarding the OTAC and Fundamentals Training course, please email email@example.com or phone (02) 9515 9811.