Frequently asked questions

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program has changed in response to measures introduced to control the spread of COVID-19. Many of these changes will make it easier for you to access AOD education during this busy time.


Treatment Skills training will now be offered in two online formats:

  • Pathway 1 - “AOD live” - AOD Live will replace the face-to-face delivery format. Delivered as three (3) x 90 minute sessions via zoom teleconferencing, this education provides 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. The online program will be available from October 2020.

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 will support GPs 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 will be delivered as a self-directed two 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) will be delivered as three (3) x 90 minute online workshop sessions via zoom teleconferencing. This education will be delivered “live” by GP AOD educators and will provide participants with the opportunity to listen to presenters, interact and discuss cases in small groups and receive feedback from AOD expert GPs.

Each AOD Live intake will run over three consecutive weeks on the same day and timeslot. Participants will be required to attend all three workshops in a single intake series.

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.

Participants will be required to complete a predisposing activity and baseline survey, attend one 1.5-hour small group online education session specifically designed for Advanced Skills Training participants, participate in the relevant education and/or mentoring sessions, and complete a reinforcing activity and post-training survey.

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

Commences May 2020

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

Commences October 2020

The Essential skills education 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 the treatment skills training where the education needs of GPs is greatest so as to get the greatest outcome for commonwealth funding.

No, you do not need to complete both pathways in order to receive the payment. Only the first 1800 GPs that complete one pathway (AOD Live or self-directed learning) in Treatment Skills Training will receive a payment of $1200.

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

Essential Skills Training is a two (2) hour online learning program that will be provided at no-cost to all members. Members 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 requirements for participant’s chosen training pathway (for either Treatment 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 Education 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.
  • Pathway 1 (AOD Live) and Pathway 2 (Self-directed learning) will take approximately six to eight hours to complete.

Training is being delivered nationally online so register for the series that best suits you. AOD live sessions have been scheduled at a variety of different days and times to ensure suitable options are available for all GPs accepted onto the Program.

AOD Connect: A Project ECHO Community of Practice for RACGP members offers online, small group, peer led case-based discussion to all RACGP members currently treating, or interested in treating AOD patients. The sessions will focus on how to provide patient cantered care to your AOD patients, understanding patient circumstances and how to unpack complex patient presentations.

If you would like to join an AOD Connect: Project ECHO session, please complete the AOD Connect: A Project ECHO Community of Practice for RACGP members on-boarding module in gplearning

To access the on-barding activity log into your RACGP account. Once you are logged in click on the My Account button and select the gplearning 2020 menu option to be automatically logged into the LMS.
Once logged in, you can search for AOD Connect: Project ECHO under learning paths and complete your on-barding activity.

Training is not being provided on a state by state basis. AOD Live will be available to accepted GPs from across the country. Once you have applied and are accepted into the Program, simply register for the AOD Live online series that best suits you.

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