The Hume Area Pharmacotherapy Network

Primary Care Connect, Shepparton in partnership between Gateway Health and Nexus Primary Health has been engaged to develop an area based pharmacotherapy network (PABN) across the Hume region for medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence, including by using methadone and buprenorphine. The network is part of the 2013 Victorian State Government alcohol and drug service reforms. You can read more about the reforms here.


Some primary aims of establishing the PABN are

  • Linking doctors, pharmacists, nurses and drug and AOD workers with each other and with services.
  • Improving access by streamlining the system including referrals, intake, assessment and transition
  • Integrate initial treatment by Addiction Medicine Specialists into primary health care, linked to mainstream care that responds to the patient’s range of needs.
  • Improve support to GP prescribers, Nursing Practitioner prescribers and pharmacies including improved access to Addiction Medicine Specialists and mentors.
  • Engage new prescribers and pharmacies in areas of need.
  • Training attracting CPD points and supported by your local primary care networks.


The network supports the required training for pharmacotherapy prescribing. Training in safer opioid prescribing and pharmacotherapy prescribing is provided by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for the Victorian Department of Health. Check the Education and Training page for upcoming training events.

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