Welcome to the Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC), which aims to assist medical and nurse practitioners in the development of knowledge, skills, and practices to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies in NSW.

To get started, create an online account using the account login and registration button below. Once signed up you must first complete the Fundamentals Training in Opioid Treatment online module. Upon completion of this module, you will be able to access the OTAC, which is available as a face-to-face session or an online course that you complete at your own pace.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face sessions of the OTAC will be on hold. During this time, you can still complete the online version of the OTAC, which will be automatically available on your account once you complete the Fundamentals Training in Opioid Treatment module. For more information on placement and accreditation changes during this time, see the placements and accreditation page.

Training Courses

The University of Sydney provides three free courses to train health professionals on behalf of the NSW Ministry of Health. The courses assist in the development of knowledge, skills, and practices to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid dependence.

Fundamentals Training in Opioid Treatment

An introductory module for health professionals interested in learning more about the of core concepts of NSW Opioid Treatment Program and the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies. Completion of this course is also for those considering to enrol in the the Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC).

Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC)

A comprehensive course on opioid treatment, facilitated by addiction medicine specialists. Aligning with the NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence, the OTAC allows medical and nurse practitioners to become an accredited prescriber of opioid pharmacotherapies in NSW.

Driving Safety: Sedating Medications & OAT

A online short course for health professionals caring for patients who receive opioid agonist treatment (OAT). Explore the potential impact of treatments and other factors on driving safety. Plus learn about short and long-term fitness to drive, with a focus on sedating medications and OAT.

Becoming Accredited to Prescribe Opioid Pharmacotherapies

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.

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.
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Accredited medical / Nurse practitioners

Up to 300 patients
  • Prescribe buprenorphine preparations or methadone;
  • 200 patients in pharmacy / private clinics, or 300 in public clinics;
  • Ability to initiate patients on methadone.
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