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Activity description

93375 - Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence (MATOD) - Module 2 - for Victorian GPs

RACGP Victoria

The aim of this workshop is to provide prescribers (GPs and nurse practitioners) with the skills and confidence to assess, manage and initiate patients on Opioid Replacement Therapy.
On successfully previously having completed an online learning module on the principles of Safer Opioid Prescribing and attendance at this full day workshop, prescribers will be authorised to prescribe Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence to >5 patients.

Relevance to General Practice

Evidence indicates that Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence decreases opioid drug use, reduces illness and death from drug use, reduces criminal activity, reduces high risk needle sharing and enhances social responsibility and productivity.
Because of the special characteristics of this field of treatment, practice in Victoria to prescribe buprenorphine for more than 5 patients or methadone is limited to prescribers who have been adequately trained and approved by the Drugs and Poisons Regulation Group of the Department of Health and Human Services.
It has been estimated that on any given day in 2015, there were 44,522 people being treated with pharmacotherapy in Australia. In July 2015, there were around 14,122 patients receiving pharmacotherapy in Victoria (two-thirds on methadone and one-third on buprenorphine).
Ref 'Policy for Maintenance pharmacotherapy for Opioid Dependence' Published by Department of Health and Human Services, revised 2016.

Learning outcomes

  1. Outline the potential benefits and risks associated with opioid prescribing.
  2. Recognise, prevent and respond to problematic pharmaceutical opioid use.
  3. Identify the legal issues regarding the prescribing of buprenorphine and methadone.
  4. Implement safe and effective opioid and or methadone prescribing as part of a broader pain management plan.
  5. Safely and effectively prescribe buprenorphine and or methadone for 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
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
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Addiction medicine
Registration is full.

Session summary


Sunday 18 February 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm


RACGP House, John Murtagh Centre, 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne


Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Kerrianne Singleton
T: 03 8699 0468

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