Click on the links below for more information about pharmaceutical misuse/dependence, training, legislation changes and support for GPs. You can also call us on 1800 931 101 for more information and advice.
DACAS (DRUG & ALCOHOL CLINICAL ADVISORY SERVICE)
GPs and other health professionals in Victoria can phone DACAS for 24 hour clinical support, advice and secondary consultation from specialist addiction medicine consultants.
Phone 1800 812 804 to speak to an addiction medicine consultant, or visit the DACAS website here for more information.
AREA 4 PHARMACOTHERAPY NETWORK (EAST & SOUTH EAST REGION)
The Area 4 Pharmacotherapy Network (A4PN) is funded by EMPHN and SEMPHN to improve access to pharmacotherapy in Eastern and South Eastern Melbourne. A4PN provide training, peer-based mentoring and addiction medicine consultations to support GPs in the management of patients with opioid dependence.
Click here to access resources, information and details of upcoming training events for GPs by the A4PN.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website here has detailed information about pharmacotherapy treatment in Victoria, including relevant policies, guidelines and training opportunities.
The RACGP provide accredited training for GPs in Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Depdendence (MATOD) which GPs can access for free here.
On 1 February 2018, codeine will be rescheduled to a Schedule 4 drug in Australia. ScriptWise have created an online toolkit for GPs with information and resources to support this change. You can access the toolkit here.
REAL TIME PRESCRIPTION MONITORING
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services will be implementing real time prescription monitoring in Victoria from 2018. For more information and the latest updates, visit the DHHS website here or click on the links below:
- Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Initiative FAQ
- Real-Time Prescription Monitoring: FAQ for Health Professionals
- Real-Time Prescription Monitoring: FAQ for Patients
Click here to visit the COPE (Community Overdose Prevention and Education) website at the Pennington Institute to find out about ‘Overdose First Aid’.
You can also click on the links below for more information about preventing overdose:
- Opioid Overdose Response Plan
- Click here to visit the naloxone page on the COPE website or download ‘frequently asked questions about naloxone’ from the COPE website here.
- COPE for Health Professionals: Fact Sheet [PDF]
RISKS OF MEDICATION USE
Find out more about the risks of taking medication and why opioid medication may not be the best treatment for chronic pain by clicking on the links below.
- What is Pharmaceutical Misuse? (Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
- Feeling Better Without Medication (Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
- Risks of High Dose Opioid Medicines (NPS MedicineWise)
USEFUL WEBSITES & VIDEOS
Turn to Help: Information about codeine and painkiller dependence and different types of treatment options.
ScriptWise: ScriptWise are a not-for-profit Australian organisation who are dedicated to reducing overdose and other harms from prescription and over-the-counter medications.
COPE Australia: Community Overdose Prevention and Education (COPE) is a community-based opioid overdose prevention initiative funded by the Victorian Government.
Tame the Beast [Video] A video about Chronic Pain.
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