GP Program - South Australian - Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Prescriber training and annual educational event

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

Unaccredited medical practitioners can still prescribe buprenorphine with naloxone in film form (Suboxone®) for up to 10 patients for opioid dependence.

Accredited prescribers

Accredited prescribers are able to prescribe:

  • methadone liquid for any patient with opioid dependence
  • buprenorphine/naloxone film (Suboxone®) for more than 10 patients
  • buprenorphine without naloxone in tablet form (Subutex®) for other limited exemptions.
  • prescribe and administer depot Buprenorphine, after completing the DDU approved training: 'Theory - Depot Buprenorphine - SA'
    (This module has been included in the Theory component of the MATOD Prescriber Training Course - South Australia since March 2020.)

Training to become an accredited prescriber

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:

  1. Theory
    An online course, hosted on the AOGP site. The activity is estimated to take approximately 6 hours to complete and has been allocated RACGP - CME points and ACRRM - PD points.

    The course can be accessed on the AOGP site.

    This component is a prerequisite to the Skill Development component.
  2. Skill Development
    The Skill Development component occurs face to face and uses standardised patients in scenarios involving initial assessment, initiation and review of MATOD treatment and is supervised by experienced MATOD prescribers.

    This session is 3 hrs long and currently conducted at a DASSA clinical site. These sessions are coordinated by the DASSA GP Program Coordinator.

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.

DASSA GP education and networking day

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.


Further information and advice

GP Program Project Coordinator: (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.

Telephone: (08) 7087 1742 from 8.30 am - 10.00 pm 7 days/week including public holidays or e-mail your enquiry to:

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).