185910 - Queensland Opioid Treatment Program (QOTP)2019
This e-learning course provides participants with the theoretical understanding of identifying opioid dependence, selecting and implementing treatment options and the ongoing management of pharmacotherapies.
This module is prerequisite learning for practitioners to become authorised to prescribe opioid treatment to dependent persons in Queensland, under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996.
Australia has an opioid problem. The evidence for opioid substitution as part of a treatment program for opioid use disorder is substantial and robust. GPs are well placed to help provide evidence-based and holistic care to persons who are identified as opioid dependent. More often, these patients present with opioid-use related harms, from constipation through to persistent pain, depression through to injecting harms. But GPs lack the time, resources and confidence to respond, with attitudes and apprehension impeding the delivery of effective interventions.?With a rising incidence of opioid dependence, GPs need to feel confident and supported in delivering evidence-based care, that enables continuity of care an enhances the therapeutic relationship leading to improved health outcomes for their patients. The module provides a theoretical understanding for identifying opioid dependence, selecting and implementing treatment options and the ongoing management of pharmacotherapies.Learning outcomes
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
Current and emerging public health risks are effectively managed
D4. Professional and ethical role
Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation
- Adult health
- Addiction medicine