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Providing quality healthcare for people addressing illicit substance use

Speciality Classification
Emergency Medicine / Acute Care
1 hr

This 1-hour interactive webinar provides an innovative and engaging learning environment for GPs to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence in providing quality care for patients who use illicit drugs and/or alcohol and information on the options and pathways for dependence options e.g. Opioid Treatment.
This webinar employs a unique consumer-imbued training approach that provides GP participants with the opportunity to engage with people who have direct experience of illicit drug use and to benefit from their ‘real-world’ perspectives on drug use and accessing the health system.

Relevance to General Practice

Recent data shows that alcohol and other drug (AOD) use (including illicit drug use) is commonplace in Australia, and that general practice is the first point of contact with the health system for many people with AOD-related health issues.

If you are GP or someone working in general practice and would like to know more about illicit drug use in Australia and feel more confident talking with your patients about drug use issues, then this RACGP webinar may interest you.

Learning outcomes
  • Utilise effective engagement and communication skills in relation to patients who use illicit drugs.
  • Recognise and actively address the key barriers to accessing primary health care for people who use illicit drugs.
  • Refer patients who use illicit drugs to appropriate AOD and/or peer-based programs
  • Apply an evidence-based, harm reduction approach and a risk : benefit analysis when assessing patients who use illicit drugs.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Continuity of care promotes quality and safety

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • Barriers to equitable access to quality care are addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Addiction medicine
    Partnering organisations

    NSW Ministry of Health and NUAA (NSW Users and Aids Association)


    Providing quality healthcare for people addressing illicit substance use
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hr
    Start Date
    CPD Points
    2 cpd
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