Training resources

Please see the tabs below to find some clinical resources for GPs and other health professionals:

  • Alcohol and other drug GP education program: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has a FREE education program training to help strengthen GP capacity to address alcohol and other drug use. For more information, visit the RACGP website.
  • Drug and alcohol addiction online course: Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has a self-directed, case-based course learning with a focus on developing communication for assessing and managing patients with drug and alcohol addiction, and optimising treatment options. For more information, visit the website.
  • Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC): the OTAC course assists medical practitioners to develop the knowledge skills and practices to support the safe prescribing of opioid pharmacotherapies. For more information, visit the website.
  • Depot buprenorphine: a new long acting formulation of an existing opioid pharmacotherapy, buprenorphine. For more information, visit the NSW Health website.
  • Deprescribing opioids: a COORDINARE video for GPs, available on our Vimeo site.
  • Better Pain Prescribing – Clarity and confidence in opioid management: a Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) initiative in partnership with the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Click here.
  • Comorbidity guidelines online training: advice for managing co-occurring alcohol and other drugs, and mental health conditions. For more information, click here.
  • Alcohol and mental health webinar: Alcohol Misuse and Mental Health webinar from the Black Dog Institute. You can watch it here.
  • elearning resources: the Network for Alcohol and Drug Agencies (NADA) has a number of resources and eLearning opportunities for health professionals: eLearning | Webinars | Other resources
  • Orientation to Telephone Counselling for Alcohol and Other Drug Workers: an eLearning course developed as a collaboration between Insight, Adis 24/7 Alcohol and Drug Support (Queensland), and Lives Lived Well. It aims to assist AOD workers to increase their knowledge, confidence and capacity to use telephone counselling. For more information, visit the website
  • Information about older people and alcohol: a presentation from NSW Health. You can read and download it here.
  • Training opportunities: a number of drug and alcohol training and CPD opportunities from the Australian College of Nursing are available here.
  • Online modules about prescription medicine: online modules are available with information about managing prescription medication risk and driving constructive conversations. For more information, visit the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia website.
  • Take home Naloxone pilot: Naloxone is a short-acting opioid antagonist drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. The Department of Health is investing $10 million to make naloxone free to people who may experience or witness opioid overdose. Naloxone is available in NSW through community and hospital based pharmacies, alcohol and drug treatment services and needle and syringe programs. For more information, visit the NSW Health website or watch the webinar.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, contact the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015 or visit drughelp.gov.au.