Unaccredited medical practitioners
Up to 30 patients
- 20 buprenorphine preparation patients;
- 10 low-risk, methadone patients transferred to your care;
- Cannot initiate patients on methadone.
The University of Sydney Discipline of Addiction Medicine provides two, free courses to train health professionals in the development of knowledge, skills, and practices to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid dependence. The courses, which align with the NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence 2018, allows medical and nurse practitioners to become an accredited prescriber of opioid pharmacotherapies in NSW. Health professionals who are not prescribers are also welcome to register in these training courses.
A short, introductory, online course for all health professionals to develop knowledge about the operation of the NSW Opioid Treatment Program and the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies. The course forms the first step of the application process for medical and nurse practitioners to receive accreditation to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies. Content includes:
OPIOID TREATMENT ACCREDITATION COURSE (OTAC)
A comprehensive, one-day, face-to-face course facilitated by addiction medicine specialists and is aimed at medical and nurse practitioners wishing to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies for up to 200 patients.
Course content includes all stages of patient treatment; from induction, to stabilisation, to patient withdrawal from treatment. Consumer perspectives relating to treatment are also discussed. A short examination is administered to assess participant knowledge and for accreditation purposes.
Completing the OTAC, followed by a half-day clinical placement, allows for medical and nurse practitioners to apply for accreditation with the NSW Ministry of Health Pharmacotherapy Credentialing Subcommittee.