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. The revised Program structure is listed below.
Note: The Project ECHO tele-education pathway is no longer part of Treatment Skills Training and attendance will no longer attract a completion payment. The RACGP’s AOD Project ECHO sessions will now be available to all members from June/July 2020.
Essential Skills Education uses video footage of expert AOD practitioners to demonstrate techniques that can be used to enhance the conversations GPs have with patients about their alcohol and drug use.
This education is now available online to all RACGP members via gplearning.
To access the new gplearning 2020 LMS please follow the steps below:
- Log in to the RACGP website
- Click on My Account
- Click on the gplearning 2020 link.
Please note that you will need to be logged in to the RACGP website first for your profile to be automatically logged in to the gplearning 2020 LMS.
Completion of the Essential Skills Education will take approximately 2 hours to complete and will be accredited for CPD in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 2020-2022 Program.
Treatment Skills Training is designed for GPs who would like to enhance their ability to talk about alcohol and drug use with their patients, assess their readiness for change, and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
There are two pathway options available for Treatment Skills Training with alternate delivery methods. An approved GP will complete one of the available pathways. GPs can apply for the pathway that best suits their training preferences.
Completion of the Treatment Skills Education will take a minimum of six (6) hours to complete and will be accredited for CPD in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 2020-2022 Program. Upon successful completion of Treatment skills training, eligible GPs will receive a payment of $1200 exclusive of GST and subject to relevant taxation.
The AOD Live Online Workshop series will be delivered as three (3) x 90 minute 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.
Participants will also be required to complete a predisposing activity, baseline survey, reinforcing activity and post event survey.
Please refer to the AOD Live schedule.
Pathway no. 2 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.
Program participants will complete a set of core modules that will include case studies and self-reflection exercises.
Participants will be required to complete a predisposing activity, baseline survey, reinforcing activity and post event survey.
This pathway will be available from October 2020.
As there are limited numbers of places available, only applicants who meet the program eligibility criteria will be considered.
Priority access is given to GPs who are either treating identified at-risk groups, are practising in socioeconomic areas of disadvantage or rural and remote areas.
View the Application Assessment Criteria and apply for the training from the Apply Now page on the AOD GP Education Program website.
Advanced Skills Training is a flexible learning program for more experienced GPs who wish to undertake advanced training to the equivalent of 20 hours of CPD to support treatment of alcohol and drug use in their community. Applicants to this pathway 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 GP registrars.
There are limited places available for Advanced Skills Training and applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will need to complete an application form. More information will be available in mid-2020.
Approved applicants will receive an invitation to complete their Advanced Skills Training session in accordance with their nominated training preferences.
To access Advanced Skills Training, the RACGP will consider prior learning and evidence of practice-based experience. RACGP members may be eligible to access this training via one of two entry points.
Upon successful completion of Advanced skills training eligible GPs will receive a payment of $2500 exclusive of GST and subject to relevant taxation.
Entry Point A
Entry Point A would be for recipients of an incentive payment who have successfully completed Treatment Skills Training.
Entry Point B
RACGP members who provide evidence that they are currently treating patients with alcohol and drug use, as well as evidence of prior learning in AOD may be eligible to apply for Advanced Skills Training.
Possible Advanced Skills Training activities
- Completion of two or more Treatment Skills Training pathways
- Completion of a training program on alcohol and other drug use within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- Introducing GP-led home detox for alcohol dependency
- ‘Train the Trainer’ participation to introduce systems, processes and discussion groups to safely and effectively support patients with their alcohol and drug use at a whole of practice/regional level.
- AOD mentoring program for GPs practising in custodial medicine
- ‘Train the Trainer’ participation to enhance educational outcomes for supervisors of general practice registrars
- Requests for other types of targeted education or support will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
On a case-by-case basis, applicants may be able to undertake a second training activity but will not receive any further incentive payment.
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 event survey.