Victorian Pharmacotherapy Area-based Networks

About the networks

The Pharmacotherapy Area-Based Networks (PABNs) support health professionals across Victoria to prevent, identify and manage opioid dependence and maximise safe prescribing.

The PABNs offer a wide range of support including:

  • Direct access to Addiction Medicine Specialists.
  • Clinical networks and peer based mentoring.
  • Professional development events and accredited training.
  • Whole-of-practice staff training.
  • e-Newsletters and communications delivering important updates.
  • Expert advice regarding best practice and up to date medical findings.
  • Support for health professionals to navigate the pharmacotherapy system (eg permits, MBS items, referral pathways).

Each PABN targets their support and training to meet local needs as outlined below. Health professionals are encouraged to make contact with their local PABN using the details found below. If you’re unsure of which PABN services your area, please use the location search provided. All PABNs also collaborate on key issues with statewide implications. For an overview of our statewide activities, please see our Statewide Position Paper.

Area 1 – Barwon South West

Western Victoria PHN Opioid Management Team

Information and Resources

Clinical Support and Advice

  • Addiction Medicine Specialist (AMS): secondary or primary consults, education and support. Accessed through the Clinical Nurse via referral.
  • GP Mentor: phone or face-to-face consults and advice on all opioid management issues. Contact directly or via the Clinical Advisor.
  • Clinical Advisor: clinical advice and support to GPs and pharmacists, delivery of education sessions around opioid use (refer details below).
  • Clinical Nurse: coordinates the RAMPS program.
  • Pharmacist: mentor support and advice for pharmacists regarding patients on opioids or ORT.
  • Community of Practice: bi-monthly meetings (Geelong) to discuss and support opioid prescribing. Open to GPs, pharmacists and allied health practitioners.

Education and Training

Contacts

RoleNamePhoneEmail
Pharmacotherapy leadGabrielle Watt03 5564 5815 Gabrielle.watt@westvicphn.com.au
Clinical ConsultantAnnie Henry03 5564 5825Annie.Henry@westvicphn.com.au
Addiction Medicine SpecialistDr. Rodger BroughVia clinical nurse below
Clinical NurseAmy Collins03 5564 5888amy.collins@westvicphn.com.au
GP MentorMark Davies03 5222 0875
0408 593 344
mark.davies@westvicphn.com.au

Area 2 – Grampians and Loddon Mallee

ORTicare

Information and Resources

  • Website: Orticare overview of information, resources and support.
  • Newsletter: monthly Orticare e-news – register via Orticare here
  • HealthPathways:
    Westvic HealthPathways and Murray PHN HealthPathways: chronic pain, opioid dependence, opioid replacement therapy (or MATOD), naloxone, Hepatitis C, Opioid pharmacotherapy dispensing

Clinical Support and Advice

Please contact the Manager, Orticare for advice on and access to:

  • Rural Addiction Medicine Pharmacotherapy Specialist (RAMPS): consultation, advice and continuing education.
  • Mentoring opportunities and secondary consultations with experienced professional peers in general practice, community pharmacy and nursing.
  • Nurse Practitioner-led clinics and consultations.
  • Best practice guidelines, clinical information, business resources and supports.
  • Clinical Networks for health professionals with an interest in addiction treatment and harm reduction.

Education and Training

  • Access to opioid pharmacotherapy training including
  • RACGP’s Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Modules 1 (online) and 2 (face-to-face) for GPs and Nurse Practitioners.
  • PSA’s Victorian Pharmacy Pharmacotherapy Training Program Parts 1 and 2 (online or face-to-face).
  • Access to the Prescribed Drugs of Dependence Active Learning Module for general practice and support staff.
  • Please contact the Manager, Orticare for advice on and access to other training and education opportunities that are regionally-based and accessible and that address demonstrated local needs including pharmacotherapy, harm reduction, chronic pain, psycho-social treatment approaches, comorbidities.

Contacts

RoleNamePhoneEmail
Manager Orticare
& Harm Minimisation Coordinator
Pauline Molloy5338 9142PaulineMo@bchc.org.au
RAMPS CoordinatorBrett Vallance5388 4539brettv@bchc.org.au
Primary Care Consultant (Grampians)Katrina Martin5304 5618Katrina.Martin@westvicphn.com.au
Primary Care Consultant (Loddon Mallee)Bree Hayes4408 3691
AOD Nurse Practitioner/RAMPS Bendigo areaCameron Cail5430 0500 CameronCail@bchs.com.au
Rural Withdrawal Nurse/RAMPS Mildura areaRaylene Paynting5022 5444 Rpaynting@schs.com.au

Area 3 – Gippsland & Hume – Gippsland

Latrobe Community Health Service

Information and Resources

Clinical Support and Advice

  • Rural Addiction Medicine Pharmacotherapy Specialist (RAMPS): primarily a tele-health secondary consult service with a dedicated timeslot of Friday 11:30am-12:30pm. Other times available on request. Accessed through the RAMPS nurse via referral.
  • GP Mentor: phone or face-to-face consult and presentations depending on clinical need. Accessed through Pharmacotherapy Coordinator.
  • Pharmacist: mentor support and advice for pharmacists regarding managing patients on opioids or ORT.
  • RAMPS Nurse: coordinates the RAMPS service.

Education and Training

RoleNamePhoneEmail
ManagersSean Taylor-Lyons
Elizabeth Plunkett
0458 693 094
5136 5431
0409 588 415
sean.taylor-lyons@lchs.com.au
elizabeth.plunkett@lchs.com.au
RAMPS Clinical NurseLynne Jephcott5136 5235
0407 533 980
lynne.jephcott@lchs.com.au
PharmacistElizabeth Plunkett As above
Addiction Medicine SpecialistDr. David Jacka
Dr.Lynn Hawken
Via clinical nurse above

Area 3 – Gippsland & Hume – Hume

Hume Area Pharmacotherapy Network

Information and Resources

Clinical Support and Advice

  • Rural Addiction Medicine Pharmacotherapy Specialist (RAMPS): primary and secondary consultation, advice and support.
  • Clinical workers at multiple locations: contact PABN Manager for details.

 Education and Training

Contacts

RoleNamePhoneEmail
ManagerTim Griffiths0418 910 200tgriffiths@primarycareconnect.com.au
Pharmacotherapy Key WorkerDeanne Smith5323 3200dsmith@primarycareconnect.com.au
Rural Addiction Medicine Pharmacotherapy SpecialistContact via manager as above

Area 4 – Southern & Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne

A4PN

Information and Resources

Clinical Support and Advice

  • Addiction Medicine Specialists (AMS): phone-based advice, secondary consultations and delivery of continuing professional development.
  • GP mentor: peer-based mentoring via phone and/or face-to-face.
  • Pharmacists: A4PN manager and liaisons are pharmacists available to provide clinical support.
  • Communities of Practice: Refer to SEMPHN and EMPHN events pages or contact A4PN on the details below.

Education and Training

  • Access to opioid pharmacotherapy training including
  • RACGP’s Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) Modules 1 (online) and 2 (face-to-face) for GPs and Nurse Practitioners.
  • PSA’s Victorian Pharmacy Pharmacotherapy Training Program Parts 1 and 2 (online or face-to-face).
  • ORT and AOD Practice Manager Training (face-to-face) for whole-of-practice support, including Medicare billing advice
  • Locally based General Practice and pharmacy staff education and training including
  • Community of Practice events delivered by AMSs and other expert speakers. RACGP QI&CPD points apply
  • Peer-based Small Group Learning meetings (QI activities) facilitated by AMS’s and experienced prescribers and pharmacists

Contacts

RoleNamePhoneEmail
ManagerJana Dostal0428 785 371jana.dostal@semphn.org.au
Addiction Medicine
Specialists
Dr. Benny Monheit
Dr. Matthew Frei
Dr.David Jacka
Via Manager above
GP MentorDr. Ferghal Armstrongvia Manager above
Pharmacotherapy Liaison
Coordinators
Adrian May (Eastern)0429 808 317adrian.may@semphn.org.au
Michael Abelman (Southern) - 0436 031 887 michael.abelman@semphn.org.au

Area 5 – North West Melbourne:

Information and Resources

Clinical Support and Advice

  • Addiction Medicine Specialist (AMS): out-post clinics offering secondary consultation, specialist assessment, integrated care approaches, phone-based advice and delivery of continuing professional development. Referral by standard letter via AOD Clinical Nurse Consultant.
  • GP mentoring: peer-based mentoring via phone and/or face-to-face to support GPs manage patients with an opioid dependence.
  • AOD Clinical Nurse Consultant: Coordinates the AMS service including referrals, GP and pharmacist engagement and support.
  • Communities of Practice: Held three times annually. Refer to North Western Melbourne PHN events page

Education and Training

Contacts

RoleNamePhoneEmail
ManagerAndrea Calleja9448 5511
0439 436 772
Andrea.Calleja@cohealth.org.au
AOD Clinical Nurse Consultant
(Monday and Tuesday)
Vacant9448 5511
0427 803 138
fax: 7000 1822
pharmacotherapy@cohealth.org.au
Senior GP Advisor (Wednesdays)Dr. Fran Bramwell9448 5511fran.bramwell@cohealth.org.au
GP Mentor Dr. Paul MacCartney9448 5511pharmacotherapy@cohealth.org.au
Addiction Medicine Specialist
(Mondays)
Dr. Jon CookVia Clinical Nursepharmacotherapy@cohealth.org.au