Nurse Practitioners Applying for Accreditation

Nurse practitioners are also eligible to complete a clinical placement and apply for  accreditation to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies in NSW provided it is to be within the scope of practice for their work role.

A clinical placement is typically a half-day clinical session (at least three hours long but can be longer) where you undertake clinical review of patients who are receiving opioid treatment with your supervisor. Your supervisor will assess you based on your performance at the placement and provide a recommendation for accreditation.

  • Nurse practitioners may elect to undertake a clinical placement with an experienced nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner providing the placement supervision must be in a drug and alcohol setting and currently prescribes opioid agonist treatment. Nurse practitioners can still elect to undertake a clinical placement with an appropriate medical practitioner.
  • You should arrange a clinical placement with an appropriate supervisor, for a half-day session (i.e., at least 3 hours, but can be more), where they assess you using the Clinical Placement Form. It is recommended that you complete the clinical placement within 6 months of complete the OTAC. You can contact us if you require assistance finding a supervisor near you.

Who can be a Clinical Placement Supervisor or Mentor?

As a general rule, the following health professionals are deemed appropriate supervisors:

  • Addiction medicine specialist (that is, a medical practitioner who is a member of the RACP Chapter of Addiction Medicine)
  • Addiction psychiatry specialist (that is, a medical practitioner who is a member of RANZCP Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry)
  • Another experienced prescriber of opioid agonist treatment (e.g., general practitioner specialist) may be appropriate as a supervisor. We recommend you contact us to confirm if they are appropriate before undertaking a placement.
  • An experienced nurse practitioner in a drug and alcohol setting who prescribes opioid agonist treatment may be appropriate as a supervisor. We recommend you contact us to confirm if they are appropriate before undertaking a placement.
  • In regional and remote areas, other options for clinical placements can be considered, and we encourage you to contact us to discuss these options.
Applying for Accreditation

For nurse practitioners seeking accreditation:

  1. Undertake a half-day clinical placement with an appropriate supervsior, who will complete and submit an assessment based on the Clinical Placement FormNurse practitioners can elect to complete a placement with an experienced nurse practitioner who prescribes opioid pharmacotherapies, if preferred.
  2. Submit an application for accreditation to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies in NSW.  The following items should be completed and submitted to the NSW Ministry of Health Opioid Pharmacotherapy Subcommittee (OPS) Secretariat:

        Your application and supporting documents should be emailled to the OPS Secretariat at: moh-otp-accred@health.nsw.gov.au.

        Once you have submitted your accreditation application, the OPS will consider your application at a session approximately once every 6 weeks. To ensure your application is considered at the OPS  meeting, you must submit your application at least 10 days prior to the following committee dates:

        Upcoming OPS Committee Dates 2022

          • Thursday, 29 September 2022
          • Thursday, 20 October 2022
          • Thursday, 1 December 2022

        Once accredited, your placement supervisor and your local drug and alcohol service can provide you with ongoing advice and support for providing patient care. You can contact us to facilitate linkage with your local drug and alcohol service.