Pharmacotherapy prescriber training.

To prescribe methadone or to prescribe buprenorphine with naloxone to more than 5 patients, GPs must be authorised in the treatment of opioid dependent persons. A prerequisite to authorisation is the successful completion of the Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Training Program. In Victoria, training is provided by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Primary Care Connect with Gateway Health and Nexus Primary Health support training provided by the RACGP in the Hume area.
An RACGP number is required to access this training, however, please note that RACGP membership is not required. Non-members and nurse practitioners can access training by requesting a special number from the RACGP - details at the activity links.

For an overview of the program and the current years scheduled events, visit the RACGP Victorian CPD activities web page.

Training is delivered in two modules by experienced GP educators with a special interest in addiction medicine.

  • Module 1 - Safer Opioid Prescribing in General Practice – online or face to face workshop.
  • Module 2 – Medication assisted treatment of opioid dependence

Information on access to both Modules, including scheduled dates and locations for Module 2, can be found at the RACGP learning portal

Note - the completion of module 1 is a pre-requisite for commencing modules 2.

Complimentary training - Project ECHO.

The Victorian Opioid Management ECHO is free, weekly, multi-disciplinary education in all aspects of opioid management, delivered by a specialist team from St.Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.
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