Which education level?

Essential Skills

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 will be available online to all RACGP members via gplearning in April 2020.

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

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 three pathway options available for Treatment Skills Training with alternate delivery methods. An approved GP will complete one of the available pathways and this will take eight (8) hours to complete, GPs can apply for the pathway that best suits their location and training preferences.

Pathway no. 1 is for GPs in metropolitan, regional and more populated rural areas.

The face-to-face education sessions will be delivered by GP AOD educators as a series of short presentations followed by small group case-based discussion and self-reflection.

In larger metropolitan and regional areas, the workshops will be of 4-5 hour duration, followed by a 1.5 hour small group online education session 4-6 weeks after training. In more rural areas, the education may be delivered as a small group discussion series that takes place on a weekly basis spanning three to four sessions.

Participants will be required to complete a predisposing activity and baseline survey, attend the relevant education sessions, and complete a reinforcing activity and post event survey.

Please see the locations for face-to-face education sessions.

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 would 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. Program participants will be able to contact GP mentors who will provide feedback and support to participants for several months after participants complete this pathway.

Participants will be required to complete a predisposing activity and baseline survey, attend the relevant education sessions, and complete a reinforcing activity and post event survey.

Residents in rural and remote regions of Australia are particularly at risk of alcohol and drug use. The GPs practising in these regions are isolated and often treating patients with complex comorbidities without real-time support from colleagues or AOD experienced allied health professionals.

Pathway no. 3 has been specifically designed to meet the needs of rural and remote GPs who require an alternative to face-to-face education sessions.

This pathway aims to provide an educational experience that matches the power of face-to-face learning. The RACGP will be utilising Project ECHO to deliver these semi-structured small group online learning sessions.

An ECHO series runs for 10 weeks and requires GPs to attend a weekly session that runs for 1.5 hours, each series is capped at 25 participants.

Prior to the commencement of a series, participants are required to complete a predisposing activity and baseline survey, which will be followed by a reinforcing activity and post event survey when the series concludes.

What is Project ECHO?

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.

Upon successful completion of Treatment skills training eligible GPs will receive a payment of $1200 exclusive of GST and subject to relevant taxation.

Advanced Skills

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.

Approved applicants will receive an invitation to complete their Advanced Skills Training session in accordance with their nominated training preferences.


For more information about the program contact:

 1800 472 247