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Activity description

156663 - Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC) - [Face-to-Face]

University of Sydney, Discipline of Addiction Medicine

The Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC) aims to provide medical practitioners with vital knowledge to identify, treat and manage patients who are opioid dependent.

The treatment of opioid dependence is a challenging and stimulating endeavour for medical practitioners. There are clear benefits for opioid dependent individuals, and communities that result from opioid treatment programs. These include reduction in risk of death, reduction in drug use, reduced risk of contracting some blood borne viruses such as HIV, improved health, and reduced crime.

The course also forms a major component of medical practitioners receiving accreditation to prescribe opioid pharmacotherapies for the treatment of opioid dependence, which is recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health.

NOTE: To be eligible to complete this course, participants must first complete the online Fundamentals Training in Opioid Treatment short course (See our website for more details).

Relevance to General Practice

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Manage opioid dependence & related morbidity in patients, to safely commence and maintain opioid dependent patients with buprenorphine/methadone maintenance.
  2. Manage & review patients throughout treatment, including management of complex clinical cases, referral to services, and connecting with specialists.
  3. Consider patient perspectives for medically assisted treatment options for opioid dependence.
  4. Manage planned withdrawal of a patient from opioid treatment and link to ongoing treatment, and to manage involuntary patient withdrawal.
  5. Implement the legal and administrative requirements for the use of methadone and buprenorphine pharmacotherapies in the treatment of opioid dependence.

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
  • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • Barriers to equitable access to quality care are addressed

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

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Addiction medicine

Partnering organisations

The NSW Ministry of Health (Centre For Population Health); New South Wales Users and AIDS Association (NUAA).

Activity sponsor

The NSW Ministry of Health (Centre For Population Health).

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Session summary


Saturday 19 October 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm




Face to face




By invitation only

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Daniel Winter
T: 02 9515 9811