Methadone and buprenorphine are used in the treatment of opioid dependence. A number of resources can be accessed by prescribers and pharmacists who are administering these substances. This is to ensure that they are following standards that are consistent with best and safe clinical practice in treating opioid-dependent patients.
Training resources are produced by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, including online courses, course materials and face-to-face training. Other resources include clinical guidelines and publications from the department.
Medical practitioners, nurse practitioners and community pharmacies can apply for approval to become a pharmacotherapy prescriber or pharmacotherapy dispenser.
Medical practitioners may prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) for up to five patients without the need to attend the one-day Accredited Pharmacotherapy Training for GPs workshop. Medical practitioners may refer to the Policy for maintenance pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence for advice on the key regulatory and policy requirements for prescribing buprenorphine and methadone.