Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course

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 Course

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.

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The Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course

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).

Becoming an Accredited Prescriber

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.

CPD Points

Members of the RACGP should be advised that the Fundamentals Training and OTAC courses are still in the process of receiving accreditation to allocate CPD points for your attendance and completion. You will not automatically receive CPD points for this course at this time. Individual GPs may self-record participation in educational activities that are not accredited by the RACGP QI&CPD Program. To complete a self-directed activity GPs applications may be submitted online via the myRACGP web page on the RACGP website. If you would like further guidance on this process, please contact the OTAC course coordinator.

Non-Medical/Nurse Practitioners

Both the Fundamentals Training course and OTAC will be available for anyone to complete, however it is important to be aware that these courses are designed for medical and nurse practitioners. If you do wish to complete these courses and do not meet this criteria, please note that you will be required to complete the courses online. Positions within the face-to-face courses will be prioritised to those who are able to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies. On behalf of Professor Paul Haber, Head of Discipline, and the Addiction Medicine team we hope you will find the OTAC to be both educational and enjoyable.

Contact

For enquiries and further information regarding the OTAC and Fundamentals Training courses, please contact us at: otac.info@sydney.edu.au or 02 9515 6407.