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Patients appeal options on drugs of dependence treatment authorities

Patients have the following options to appeal an administrative decision made by the Drugs of Dependence Unit in relation to treatment with drugs of dependence. Please note that these options are in regard to the administrative decision made by the Drugs of Dependence Unit. If dissatisfied with the clinical decisions made by treating doctors, patients can contact the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Obtaining a second opinion

Patients are entitled to obtain a second opinion from another general practitioner or specialist medical practitioner into their condition. This should ideally be coordinated through the current general practitioner.

Results of the second opinion can be provided to the Drugs of Dependence Unit for consideration.

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.

Legal Practitioner

Patients may approach a legal practitioner for assistance regarding decisions made by the Drugs of Dependence Unit in relation to the patient’s treatment with drugs of dependence. It is recommended patients discuss any District Court appeal with a legal practitioner.

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