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
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 -
Drugs of Dependence Unit telephone 1300 652 584 (office hours).
Provides advice on prescribing from a regulatory
Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) telephone (08) 7087 1742.
Provides 24-hour clinical advice from senior medical staff, regarding
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.
Workshop dates for 2018
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'smetropolitan community clinics with one of DASSA'ssenior 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.
GP education and networking day
This event is held annually in Adelaide and allows prescribers of Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (
The 2018 event will be held on 13 October 2018.
For more information contact the GP Program Project Officer on telephone (08) 7425 5045.