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Activity description

95513 - Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Module 1 - Safer Opioid Prescribing - for Victorian GPs

RACGP Victoria

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:

This training is also infrequently offered as Face-to-Face workshops.

Relevance to General Practice

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Implement safe and effective opioid prescribing as part of a broader pain management plan.
  2. Summarise the potential benefits and risks associated with opioid prescribing
  3. Recognise, prevent and respond to problematic pharmaceutical opioid use.
  4. Assess the appropriateness of and commence induction of a patient on one of the Opioid Replacement Therapies - Buprenorphine.

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
  • Appropriate mode of care delivery to suit the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Shared decision making and informed consent are explained and obtained

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Addiction medicine

This activity is also available on these dates

Session summary


Thursday 6 Apr 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time







All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Kerrianne Singleton
T: 03 8699 0468