National GP Education Package for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

National GP Education Package for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

The Australian Government has announced an education package and training grants for GPs to improve support and increase resources available to GPs to treat drug and alcohol use. Funding has been provided to both Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remove Medicine (ACRRM) to administer the package.

RACGP AOD GP Education Program

The RACGP has developed it’s Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program to provide members with education to assist and increase capacity to address the AOD needs of their communities. Applications are now open via the RACGP website.

Training assists GPs to upskill in a range of areas, starting with having a conversation with a patient about their AOD use. It also includes current best practice treatment such as pharmacotherapy, withdrawal management and harm minimisation approaches.

The AOD GP Education Program has two standalone entry pathways:

  • Essential Skills Education is a 2-hour introductory online module accessible to members at any time.
  • Treatment Skills Training for eligible members consists of an online self-directed eLearning module and training via video conference with expert GP AOD educators. Completing both pathways takes approximately 6-8 hours. Upon completion participants will receive a one-off payment of $1,200.
  • Advanced Skills Training for eligible members Experienced GPs wanting to deepen their AOD treatment skills can develop their own 20hr learning program and receive support from an AOD expert mentor. Upon completion participants will receive a one-off payment of $2,500. Launches July 2020.

More information regarding training is available here.

Project ECHO opportunity

Following the Treatment Skills Training, GPs are given an opportunity to join a Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) series. The group consists of six online 1 hr sessions, over 6 weeks, to discuss AOD practice examples and receive mentor support from AOD experts.

CESPHN are partnering with Dr Hester Wilson, Chair of the RACGP Addiction Medicine Network, to deliver ECHO groups in CESPHN. If you are interested in completing ECHO training, please express your interest to Megan Mattingly . ECHO groups will commence upon review of EOIs and numbers.

Additional resources-

  • Dr Hester Wilson’s, Chair of the RACGP Addiction Medicine Network RACGP blog about a range of AOD topics https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/authors/hester-wilson
  • Factsheet for GPs to respond to requests regarding drugs of dependence available here
  • RACGP have a range of AOD webinars available including guides to naloxone, addressing alcohol use in over 50s and managing patients with opioid dependence. The range of webinars can be found here

The ACRRM Drug and Alcohol Addiction Education (DAAE) 

The ACRRM Drug and Alcohol Addiction Education Program  aims to address community alcohol and drug addiction through a range of workshops, online courses and webinars. A series of Face-to-Face workshops will run in late 2020 and throughout 2021, and a webinar series with AOD subject matter experts in the second half of 2020.

Upon successful completion of training activities, eligible ACRRM members will be able to apply to claim an incentive grant as outlined below:

  • Online Learning Course – $1,300 (excl. GST)
  • Virtual Workshop Course or Face to Face Workshop - $2,700 (excl. GST)
  • Webinars - $200 (excl. GST)

The first of these learning activities, the Alcohol and Other Drugs – Driving Change in Communities online learning course, was launched in late March and members can sign up now