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Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice

Part B - Benzodiazepines

Acknowledgements

Last revised: 06 Nov 2019

Editors,writers and reviewers

The RACGP gratefully acknowledges the generous contribution of the following authors and reviewers of the RACGP’s Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice, Part B – Benzodiazepines.

Clinical editor

Dr Evan Ackermann
Chair, RACGP National Standing Committee for Quality Care; University Medical Centre, Southern Cross University, Queensland

Medical writer

Raquel Newman

Reviewers

Dr Caroline Johnson
Department of General Practice, the University of Melbourne, Victoria; RACGP National Standing Committee for Quality Care
Dr Simon Holliday
General Practitioner, Taree, New South Wales; Staff Specialist, Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services, Hunter New England Local Health District, New South Wales
Dr Walid Jammal
Senior Medical Advisor, Avant; Clinical Lecturer, University of Sydney
Dr John Buchanan
Consultant Psychiatrist, Melbourne

Thank you to the following organisations, groups and individuals for feedback and advice:

NPS MedicineWise
Australian Medical Association
RACGP National Standing Committee for Quality Care
RACGP National Standing Committee for Standards
RACGP National Standing Committee for General Practice Advocacy and Support
RACGP Victorian Faculty, Drug and Alcohol Committee
RACGP Queensland Faculty RACGP South Australia & Northern Territory Faculty
RACGP National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
RACGP National Rural Faculty
RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests – Addiction Medicine Network
RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests – Pain Management Network
RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests – Aged Care Network
RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests – Psychological Medicine Working Group
Dr Beres Joyner, General Practitioner, Rockhampton, Queensland; RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests – Aged Care Network
Janet Shaw, Manager, Reconnexion, a Service of EACH, Victoria
Dr Sara Bird, Manager, Medico-legal and Advisory Services, MDA National
Dr Mike Civil, Chair, RACGP National Standing Committee for Standards
Dr Jenny James, Substance Misuse Medical Coordinator, Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney
Karen Booth, RN, President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
Dr Mark E Montebello, Senior Staff Specialist and Medical Team Manager, Drug and Alcohol Service, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Peter Boyles, Pharmaceutical Services Branch, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania
Dr Adrian Reynolds, Clinical Director, Alcohol and Drug Service, Southern Mental Health and Statewide Services, Tasmania; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Tasmania Dr Noel Plumley, Addiction Medicine Specialist, Tasmanian Alcohol and Drug Services
Dr Richard O’Regan, Addiction Medicine Consultant, Drug and Alcohol Office North Metro Community Drug Service, Department of Health, Western Australia
Dr Chris Holmwood, Director, Clinical Consultation Liaison and Standards, Drug and Alcohol Services, South Australia
Dr Stephen Christley, Public Health and Clinical Systems, Department for Health and Ageing, Government of South Australia
Dr Adam Pastor, General Physician and Addiction Medicine Specialist; Director, Addiction Medicine, Northern Territory
Dr Malcolm Dobbin, Senior Medical Advisor (Alcohol and Drugs), Mental Health, Drugs and Regions Division, Department of Health, Victoria
Drugs of Dependence Unit, Pharmaceutical Services Branch, Department of Health, Western Australia
Drugs of Dependence Unit, Medicines and Technology Policy and Programs, Department for Health and Ageing, South Australia
Medicines and Poisons Control, Department of Health, Northern Territory
Pharmaceutical Services Unit, Legal and Regulatory Services Branch, New South Wales
Ministry of Health Medicines Regulation & Quality, Department of Health, Queensland
Pharmacy Board of Australia
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Consumers Health Forum of Australia
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Laureate Professor Nicholas J Talley, President, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Brigitte Cusack, Program Officer, Medication Management, Eastern Sydney Medicare Local
Dr Tim Senior, Chair, RACGP National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Dr Ronald McCoy, Education Strategy Senior Advisor, RACGP
Dr Michael Wright, General Practitioner, RACGP National Standing Committee for General Practice Advocacy and Support
Dr Andrew Byrne, General Practitioner, Redfern, New South Wales
Dr Dennis Gration, General Practitioner, Belgrave, Victoria
Dr John Scopel, General Practitioner, RACGP National Faculty of Specific Interests – Refugee Health Network
Dr Glynn Kelly, Deputy Chair, RACGP National Standing Committee for Standards
Dr Margaret Daley, Advisor, Medical Indemnity Protection Society
Dr Genevieve Hopkins, General Practitioner, Red Hill, Queensland
Dr Brendan Kay, General Practitioner, Warrnambool, Victoria
Dr Michael Tan, General Practitioner, Blacktown, New South Wales
Dr Paul Neeskens, General Practitioner, Board Member, RACGP Queensland Faculty
Dr Cameron Loy, General Practitioner, Deputy Chair, RACGP Victorian Faculty

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