The Fundamentals Training in Opioid Treatment course is an online introductory short course to develop knowledge around the operation of the NSW Opioid Treatment Program (OTP), and to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies.
This course can also contribute to medical practitioners receiving accreditation as an prescriber of opioid pharmacotherapies with the NSW Ministry of Health.
Opioid dependence has become a major focus within Australia. Over the past two decades there has been an increase in use of pharmaceutical (prescription and over-the-counter) opioids for medical conditions, particularly chronic pain. As a consequence, an increasing number of patients have developed pharmaceutical opioid dependence.
As opioid dependence is a chronic condition, GPs are ideally positioned to deliver interventions, as well as provide continuity of care and coordinate services across multiple health providers.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Effective communication is used in challenging situations
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The health needs of individuals are balanced with the health needs of the community through effective utilisation of resources
D4. Professional and ethical role
Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately
- Adult health
- Addiction medicine
NSW Ministry of Health; New South Wales Users and AIDS Association (NUAA)Activity sponsor
NSW Ministry of Health