Community Pharmacy Program
DASSA Community Pharmacy Program SA. Community Pharmacy training, policies & guidelines on medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence.
In South Australia in order to become an accredited MATOD prescriber, a medical practitioner must complete the South Australian Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Prescriber training.
Unaccredited medical practitioners can still prescribe buprenorphine with naloxone in film form (Suboxone®) for up to 10 patients for opioid dependence.
Accredited prescribers are able to prescribe:
Training to become an accredited prescriber covers background information on opioid dependence treatment with methadone and buprenorphine, practical problem-solving and skills development.
The training consists of TWO parts:
Once training is successful, the medical practitioner applies for accreditation to the Opioid Dependence Prescriber Review Committee, which in turn makes recommendations to the Drugs of Dependence Unit (DDU).
Recognition of previous training will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the GP Program Coordinator to discuss the process.
This event is held annually in Adelaide and allows prescribers of Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (>MATOD) to meet each other and receive education on a range of relevant topics. RACGP and ACCRM CPD points are available to participants for this activity.
The 2020 event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday 28 November 2020.
For more information contact the GP Program Project Officer on telephone (08) 7425 5045.
Visit GP Program - Medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence for information on prescribing medications for opioid dependence.
Drugs of Dependence Unit telephone 1300 652 584 (office hours).
Provides advice on prescribing from a regulatory view point.
Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) telephone (08) 7087 1742.
DACAS provides a telephone and email service for South Australian health professionals seeking clinical information and clarification around clinical procedures, guidelines and evidence-based practice.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) telephone 1300 13 1340.
Telephone information, counselling and referral available every day between 8.30 am and 10.00 pm (South Australian callers - local call fee).