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 be eligible for the OTAC, you must first complete the Fundamentals Training online short-course. Once complete, you will receive an invitation to attend and upcoming face-to-face OTAC. To get started, can create an online account and complete the Fundamentals Training course at anytime.

Training Courses

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.

FUNDAMENTALS TRAINING

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.