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.
Pathway no. 1 (face-to face) will be available for GPs in metropolitan, regional and more populated regional areas. The face-to-face education sessions will be delivered by GP AOD educators as a series of:
- short presentations
- case-based discussion
- self-reflection in small groups.
Training Pathway no.2 (self-directed) will be required to complete a mixture of core modules, optional modules, case studies and self-reflection exercises to the equivalent of eight hours of structured, self-directed learning on-line via gplearning.
Training Pathway no.3 (tele-education) will be a series of tele-education sessions utilising Project ECHO methodology. ECHO methodology provides an educational experience that matches the power of face-to-face learning to meet the needs of rural and remote GPs who require an alternative to face-to-face education.