Alcohol & Other Drugs
GP Education Program

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About the program

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program aims to help GPs better support and treat patients experiencing AOD related problems.

All members have access to the program’s online Essential Skills Training as well as the opportunity to discuss AOD patient cases with their peers on Thursday evenings at AOD Connect: Project ECHO.

Treatment Skills and Advanced Skills Training are available to eligible members who apply to the program. Treatment Skills and Advanced Skills Training attracts a completion payment, rewarding GPs for upskilling in treatment of AOD.

The program has been re-adapted to a virtual environment in response to COVID-19. Connect from anywhere in Australia to access the training.


Hear from our participants


After discovering a need for alcohol home detox in a few of my regular patients, I wanted to be able to offer this through General Practice, and AOD Live gave me confidence and skills I needed to set this up. It also helped me reflect and refine how I assess and discuss alcohol and other drugs with my patients, which I feel has led to many productive conversations with patients that I otherwise may have missed.

- Dr Emily Nixon, Victoria

A fantastic program. The educational materials were concise and completely relevant and the extended resources and links were fantastic.

- Dr Rosalyn Hunt, Queensland

Great program, easy to attend online, fantastic presenters, small group format was helpful.

- Dr Lisa Abdel-Malek, Queensland

Thank you so much for the workshop. Now that I can apply important principles, tips and tools in clinical work, I am learning even more!

- Dr Lee Mey Wong, Victoria

Really enjoyed the insights into time management and how to incorporate AOD work within a GP consultation.

- Dr Jessica Zimmerman, Victoria

Training Options

RACGP members can access the program at three separate entry points. Access the level of training that best suits you.

Develop your AOD Core skills

Essential Skills focuses on core AOD skills, is available online to all RACGP members and takes four hours to complete.

Build on your AOD Core Skills

Treatment Skills  builds on the core AOD skills and takes a minimum of six hours to complete. You receive $1,200 upon completion of training.

Enhance your AOD Core Skills

Advanced Skills enhances AOD skills to meet the specific needs of patients in your community. It is a flexible learning program and takes 20 hours to complete. You receive $2,500 upon completion of training.

Each pathway is a stand-alone program. You are not required to complete one pathway in order to access another and you can access all three levels of training.


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Essential Skills

Essential Skills Training focuses on developing your AOD core skills. The training covers how to start conversations about AOD use with your patients, how to recognise patients who might be at higher risk of AOD use and how to deal with difficult patient behaviours during GP consults.

Essential Skills Training takes approximately 4 hours to complete and is accredited for 8 CPD points in the RACGP’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 2020-2022 Program.

Access Essential Skills Training, available online to all RACGP members via gplearning.

  1. Log in to the RACGP website
  2. Click on My Account
  3. Click on the gplearning link
  4. Search for “Essential skills”

You need to be logged into the RACGP website first for your profile to be automatically logged into the gplearning LMS.


Treatment Skills

Treatment Skills Training focuses on building on your AOD core skills. Training will improve your ability to talk about AOD use with your patients, assess if they’re ready to make a change, and decide on an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment Skills Training takes a minimum of six hours to complete and is accredited for 40 accredited CPD points through the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 2020-2022 program. You will receive $1,200 upon successful completion of training.

Places in the pathway are limited. Only applicants who meet the program eligibility criteria will be approved.

Read the Application Assessment Criteria and apply here.

The AOD Live Online Workshop series is no longer available.


If you want to access a wide range of AOD educational content and best practice toolkits that you can complete at your own pace via gplearning, then apply for the self-directed learning pathway.

You will complete a set of core modules that will include case studies and self-reflection exercises.

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Advanced Skills

Applications to Advanced Skills Training Intake 3 are now open.

Click here for more information and to apply.


AOD Connect: Project ECHO

AOD Connect: Project ECHO is available to all RACGP members and is an AOD case-based discussion group held online every Thursday evening.  Connect from anywhere in Australia.

All RACGP members are welcome to attend and discuss their AOD cases with their peers and AOD expert GPs and specialists.

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