95513 - Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Module 1 - Safer Opioid Prescribing - for Victorian GPs
- : Online
The aim of this training is to provide prescribers with information and strategies for safer prescribing of opioids in chronic pain settings. Focusing on evidence-based practice and consultation approaches that help prevent, recognise and manage problems arising from opioid prescribing, this education also informs prescribers of a new tool which is available to all prescribers in dealing with opioid dependence. The basics of how to prescribe Buprenorphine are also covered.
This training is available online and can be accessed by copying the following URL into your internet browser: https://racgp.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eYaKa3gJ2vOAGfr
This training is also infrequently offered as Face-to-Face workshops.
Recognising and dealing with patients who seek drugs for nonmedical purposes can be a difficult problem in general practice. ‘Prescription shoppers’ and patients with chronic nonmalignant pain problems are the main people who constitute this small but problematic group. The main
drugs they seek are benzodiazepines and opioids. Adequate prescription monitoring mechanisms at the systems level are lacking so GPs need to rely on clinical skills and the patient’s behaviour pattern over time to detect problematic prescription drug misuse. Management strategies may include saying ‘no’ to patients, having a treatment plan, and adopting a universal
precaution approach toward all patients prescribed drugs of addiction. Among patients with chronic nonmalignant pain, requests for increasing opioid doses need careful assessment to elucidate any nonmedical factors that may be at play. Australian Family Physician Vol. 39, No. 8, august 2010.