144082 - Theory - Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependency Prescriber Training Course - South Australia
- : Online
This training is specific to South Australian MATOD prescribing requirements. This activity covers theoretical information on opioid dependence treatment with methadone and buprenorphine. This will provide GPs with the knowledge to effectively manage patients with opioid drug dependencies and enable GPs to identify and assess patients, stabilise withdrawal and maintain support, while also ensuring that best practice and quality procedures are demonstrated. Upon completion of the online module, you will qualify for 40 Category 1 QI & CPD points.
All registered medical practitioners in South Australia can apply for an authority from DDU to prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone for up to 10 patients for opioid dependence. Completion of the MATOD Prescriber Training Course (combination of course 144082 and 138339 - Skill development with DASSA) is required to apply to be an authorised prescriber of methadone and buprenorphine for opioid dependence in South Australia.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) reduces the demand for opioid drugs and associated harms by normalizing patients' lives and preventing drug use and crime. The shortage of GPs available to prescribe to patients who wish to enter the private opioid substitution program is one of the major limiting factors to the number of places available. Patients are prevented from entering programs or from changing from public to private programs due to the limited number of places. In September 2017 there were only two metropolitan GPs who indicated that they would accept new referrals (DASSA communication September 2017) and some regional areas of South Australia have no accredited prescribers. The online training course covers all areas necessary for the GP to apply to the Opioid Dependence Prescriber Review Committee for accreditation, once the GP has completed their clinical attachment with DASSA.Learning outcomes