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 with naloxone in film form (Suboxone®) for more than 10 patients
  • buprenorphine without naloxone in tablet form (Subutex®) for pregnant patients or other limited exemptions.

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 3.5 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 2019 event will be held on Saturday 23 November 2019.

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.
Provides 24-hour clinical advice from senior medical staff, regarding opioid dependent patients and patients with other drug and alcohol related issues

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).

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