Education and training

This page provides a list of resources for education and training in all aspects of opioid management, including Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD), safer opioid prescribing and supply, and overdose prevention. This list is regularly updated.

During COVID-19 restrictions, all training is now available wholly online.

Pharmacotherapy training

Training is available to prescribers and dispensers taking part in the opioid pharmacotherapy program.

More information and registration at racgp.org.au/education/courses/racgpevents/vic/

Training for prescribers

All Victorian general practitioners and nurse practitioners with a suitable notation may prescriber buprenorphine/naloxone (SuboxoneĀ®) for up to 5 patients without undergoing additional training. To prescribe to more than 5 patients or to prescribe methadone, additional training is required.

Training is provided by the Royal Australian College of General Practioners (RACGP) in two modules:
Module 1 is an online module that provides prescribers with the information needed to safely prescribe opioids. Module 1 is a prerequisite to Module 2. Module 1 training is available as e-learning throughout the year.

Module 1 training information and registration.

Module 2 is a comprehensive day-long training workshop that outlines the benefits and risks of the opioid pharmacotherapy program, and teaches participants to recognise and respond to problematic opioid use and implement safe prescribing practices. Module 2 is available as face-to-face training scheduled throughout the year including events at several regional locations. During COVID-19 restrictions, training available wholly online.

Module 2 training information and registration.

Training for pharmacists

Two training modules are available for pharmacotherapy dispensers – pharmacists and their support staff – delivered by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

Module 1 is a a self-directed learning module, delivered either online or face-to-face. It covers all basic requirements of harm minimisation and opioid replacement therapy, takes about two hours to complete, and is delivered entirely via web browser-based e-Learning.

Module 2 is a three-hour workshop, delivered by a facilitator as an online webinar or face-to-face in a small group. Concepts learnt in Module 1 are reiterated, and the workshop provides practical tips and guidance for participants to apply the knowledge in their own workplace. Module 2 is also a motivational session to encourage pharmacies to provide the opioid replacement therapy services.

Participants can choose to attend a one-day face-to-face seminar covering both modules, facilitated by a pharmacist experienced in harm minimisation.

Find out more and enrol for the training on the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia website

PSA pharmacotherapy training information and registration.

During COVID-19 restrictions, all training is now available wholly online.

Other education and training

Victorian Opioid Management ECHO

The Victorian Opioid Management ECHO uses the Project ECHO framework to deliver no-cost, guided practice education in opioid managment. The program is a blend of didactic content and case-discussion, delivered entirely by video-conferencing and available to all Victorian health practitioners.

Victorian Opioid Management ECHO.

RACP e-Learning modules

The Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) offer a large number of free resources at their e-Learning centre, including modules covering opioid risk management and prescription drug misuse.

RACP addiction e-Learning modules.

NPS MedicineWise CPD

NPS MedicineWise provide a large suite of continuing professional development (CPD) activities for GPs, pharmacists, nurses and students, including modules on opioids and other analgesia in chronic pain management, as well as important modules on the Victorian Government SafeScript initiative.

NPS MedicineWise CPD hub.
NPS MedicineWise SafeScript modules.

Better Pain Management

The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists’ (ANZCA) Better Pain Management program is a series of twelve online education modules each designed to be completed in one hour. The program is intended for specialist and general medical practitioners, medical students, nurses and allied health practitioners engaged in the care of patients with persistent pain. There is a cost associated with undertaking this program.

FPM ANZCA Better Pain Management

Community Overdose Prevention Education

Penington Institute’s Community Overdose Prevention Education (COPE) program works with any organisation whose clients include people who use opioids and/or people who may witness an overdose.

COPE provide training and support, allowing services to set up their own programs to train clients to prevent, recognise and respond to opioid overdose using naloxone.

Penington Institute COPE program.

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