Welcome to the Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC) and Fundamentals Training courses, developed by the Discipline of Addiction Medicine, The University of Sydney. Funding for these courses have been given by the NSW Ministry of Health for medical and nurse practitioners to assist in the development of knowledge, skills and practices to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies.
The Fundamentals Training course is an online introductory program for medical and nurse practitioners to develop knowledge around the operation of the NSW Opioid Treatment Program (OTP), and to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies. The program will cover content around: opioid dependence, treatment options and service providers, clinical pharmacology, patient assessment and review, opioid agonist treatment (OAT), complex presentations, takeaway doses, withdrawal management, and regulatory or administrative considerations. This course forms the first step of the application process for practitioners to receive accreditation to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies.
The Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course, or OTAC, is a full day course currently offered through a face-to-face seminar. The OTAC will also be expanded as an online course in the coming months. It will cover all aspects of the NSW OTP and will address more complex issues and cases, and with additional focus on the use of methadone along with buprenorphine preparations. This course will be required for any practitioner seeking to become an accredited prescriber of opioid pharmacotherapies in accordance with the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW). Completion of the Fundamentals Training course is required prior to undertaking the Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC).
Medical and Nurse practitioners seeking to become an accredited prescriber of opioid pharmacotherapies will be required to undertake the following steps. Completion of both the Fundamentals Training course and OTAC forms part of the application process for practitioners to receive accreditation to prescribe pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid dependence, as per the statutory requirements of the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966. Once completed, practitioners may undertake a half-day placement with an approved clinical supervisor to meet the requirements for accreditation. Applications for accreditation are submitted to and considered by the Pharmacotherapy Credentialing Subcommittee (PCS), NSW Ministry of Health. Further details of this process are supplied to you upon completion of the OTAC.
For enquiries and further information regarding the OTAC and Fundamentals Training courses, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9515 6407.