Frequently asked questions


Treatment Skills training is offered in two online formats:

  • Pathway 1 - “AOD live” - This pathway is no longer available. AOD Live replaced the face-to-face delivery format. Delivered as three (3) x 90 minute sessions via zoom teleconferencing, this education provided participants with the opportunity to listen to presenters, interact and discuss cases in small groups and receive feedback from AOD expert GPs.
  • Pathway 2 - Self-directed e-learning modules on gplearning.  Participants will complete a set of core modules online via gplearning that will include case studies and self-reflection exercises.

The Project ECHO tele-education pathway (formerly Pathway 3) is no longer part of Treatment Skills training, and attendance will no longer attract a completion payment. The RACGP’s AOD Connect: A Project ECHO Community of Practice for RACGP members will now be available to all members of the College from 23 July 2020.

Essential Skills supports you to better screen for alcohol and drug use, assess patients’ readiness for change and determine appropriateness of referring to alcohol and other drug treatment services. The training program is delivered as a self-directed four hour online learning activity available on gplearning.

Treatment Skills will help GPs assess the reasons why a patient is using alcohol and other drugs, determine approaches to managing any physical or mental health comorbidities and, where appropriate, identify if the patient has a mild, moderate or severe substance use disorder.

Training Pathway no. 1 (AOD Live) This pathway is no longer available.

Training Pathway no.2 (self-directed) is designed for those GPs who are already applying best practice in the management of difficult patients and would like to access a wide range of AOD educational content and best practice toolkits that they can complete at their own pace via gplearning.

Participants will complete a set of core modules online via gplearning that will include case studies and self-reflection exercises.

Advanced Skills Training is for those GPs wishing to undertake advanced training to the equivalent of 20 hours of CPD to support treatment of alcohol and other drug use in their community. Upon completion of this pathway, participants will be required to take on a leadership role and share their learning with others in their practice, in their region or in the supervision of general practice doctors in training. For more information on Advanced Skills Training, visit the Advanced Skills section of the AOD GP Education Program Website.

Pathway no.1 is AOD Live Online Workshops delivered via Zoom videoconferencing

No longer available

Pathway no.2 is self-directed learning available via gplearning

Commenced October 2020

Essential Skills Training is available as online modules that are easily accessible and provide an introduction of how best to treat patients with alcohol and other drug related issues. Payments for completion are targeted at Treatment Skills Training where the education needs of GPs is greatest.

No, you only need to complete one Treatment Skills pathway in order to receive the payment. There are limited places for Treatment skills training.

The AOD GP Education Program has been developed to support the needs of all members.

Essential Skills Training is a four (4) hour online learning program that will be provided at no-cost to all members. You will not receive any payments for the completion of Essential Skills.

Treatment Skills Training is a minimum six (6) hour education program. The completion payment amount was determined based on a GP taking one day away from their practice for Continuous Professional Development.

Advanced Skills Training is a 20 hour education program. The completion payment amount was determined based on a GP taking up to three days away from their practice for Continuous Professional Development.

The RACGP has made a commitment to nearly double the amount of training spaces available to its members through the AOD GP Education Program, to ensure that as many eligible GPs can benefit from this education as possible.

Payments will be processed after the completion of all course requirements for the chosen training pathway (either Treatment Skills or Advanced Skills Training). These requirements include the completion of the predisposing activity, baseline survey, reinforcing activity and post training surveys.

Payment will be made to the participant’s bank account using the details provided to the AOD team.

Essential Skills Training is not a prerequisite for Treatment Skills and Advanced Skills Training. However, entry into Treatment Skills Training and Advanced Skills Training is determined by demonstrable prior alcohol and other drug knowledge.

Treatment Skills Training is not necessarily a prerequisite for acceptance into Advanced Skills Training. However, entry into Advanced Skills Training is determined by completion of either:

  • one pathway in Treatment Skills Training
  • providing evidence that you are currently treating patients for alcohol and other drug misuse
  • prior learning in alcohol and other drug misuse.

Treatment Skills Training will take approximately six to eight hours to complete.

AOD Connect: Project ECHO offers RACGP members a dedicated weekly time to gather on Zoom to discuss their AOD patient cases.

There is no prerequisite to join, all RACGP members currently treating, or interested in treating AOD patients are welcome.

Sessions run every Thursday evening on Zoom, 7.30pm-8.30pm AEST.

Click here to register your interest.

A potential Advanced Skills mentor could be an AOD professional who is registered with AHPRA. As a mentor, you will be required to support a participant to develop and implement their 20 hour AOD personalised learning plan. This will require a minimum of 6 hours mentoring support. As a mentor, you will receive a one-off reimbursement payment of $1,500 (including superannuation and subject to relevant taxation) for supporting an Advanced Skills participant to complete the program. Potential mentors are encouraged to download a copy of the RACGP Quick Reference Guide for Mentors.

Training is not being provided on a state by state basis and is available to accepted GPs from across the country, who can access the training at a time that suits them.

For acceptance into the AOD GP Education Program Pathways, rural and remote status will be determined by the Modified Monash Model. GPs in areas 4-7 are considered to have rural or remote status.

MMM classifications are listed here: Health Workforce Locator.

For more information about the program contact:

 1800 472 247


AOD GP Education Program Handbook (PDF 5.1 MB)