GP Program - Accredited prescriber training and education

Training to become an accredited prescriber

In order to be able to prescribe:

  • methadone liquid for any patient with opioid dependence
  • buprenorphine with naloxone in film form (Suboxone┬«) for more than five patients
  • buprenorphine without naloxone in tablet form (Subutex┬«) for pregnant patients or other limited exemptions.

A medical practitioner must undergo and complete specialised training to become an accredited Opioid Dependence Substitution Program prescriber.

Training is provided by experienced medical practitioners from Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) and coordinated by the DASSA GP Program Project Officer.

Once training is successfully completed an application for recommendation is submitted to the Opioid Dependence Prescriber Review Committee. In collaboration with the Drugs of Dependence Unit (DDU) the Opioid Dependence Prescriber Review Committee may afford a medical practitioner formal accreditation as an Opioid Dependence Substitution Program prescriber in South Australia.

Training covers background information on opioid dependence treatment with methadone and buprenorphine, practical problem-solving and skills development. The current training options offered by DASSA reflect the National Learning Objectives and Assessment Procedures for the Pharmacological Management of Opioid Dependence.

Further information and advice

GP Program Project Officer: (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.  
Provides 24-hour clinical advice from senior medical staff, regarding opioid dependent patients and patients with other drug and alcohol related issues

DASSA Central Service telephone (08) 7425 5000 (office hours). Ask for a senior medical officer.

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).

Workshop dates for 2018

Metropolitan area

Training in metropolitan areas involves:

  • preparatory work involves familiarisation with national and state guidelines
  • attendance at a half-day interactive workshop (usually run at a weekend). There are four regular training sessions per year. There will be a post-workshop assessment for participants to complete
  • two half-day clinical attachments at one of DASSA's metropolitan community clinics with one of DASSA's senior medical staff.

Workshop dates for 2018

  • Sunday 20 May

Rural and remote areas

Full-day training in rural and remote areas includes a workshop and extensive role-plays using a variety of scenarios that cover a wide range of relevant skills.

For more information contact the GP Program Project Officer on telephone: (08) 7425 5045.


Educational events

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 2018 event will be held on 13 October 2018.

For more information contact the GP Program Project Officer on telephone (08) 7425 5045.


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