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Doctors appeal options on drugs of dependence treatment authorities

Treating doctors have the following options to appeal an administrative decision made by the Drugs of Dependence Unit in relation to treatment with drugs of dependence.

Manager, Drugs of Dependence Unit

Doctors are encouraged to contact the Manager, Drugs of Dependence Unit to request a Decision Review. The initial decision may be affirmed, or a fresh decision made regarding the particular case. To aid the review process, please provide any information previously unavailable to the Drugs of Dependence Unit (for example if a relevant report became available after the time of the initial decision).

Drugs of Dependence Unit Medical Advisers

Doctors may contact the Manager, Drugs of Dependence Unit to arrange a review of a patient’s case by the Unit’s medical advisers. Review findings are shared with the treating doctor to help inform clinical treatment, and are used in future decision-making by Unit staff.

Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner

A doctor or patient may complain to the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner about the process the Drugs of Dependence Unit has taken in making or reviewing a decision. See the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner website for further information.

Ombudsman SA

If dissatisfied with the response from the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner, a doctor or patient may complain to Ombudsman SA about the process the Drugs of Dependence Unit has used in making or reviewing a decision. See the Ombudsman SA website for further information.

District Court (Administrative and Disciplinary Division)

If a doctor’s authority is revoked in circumstances where the Drugs of Dependence Unit has formed an opinion that a condition of the authority was contravened, the doctor may appeal to the District Court against the revocation.

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