Applications now open Advanced Skills Training RACGP Alcohol and Other Drugs GP Education Program

13 January 2021

The RACGP Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program is a Commonwealth government funded program aiming to upskill GPs to better address drug and alcohol addiction in their local communities. You can connect to training from anywhere in Australia. Training includes online workshops, online learning modules, webinars and a mentoring series. Select and apply for the mode of training that best suits you. RACGP members can access the program at three separate entry points. Each pathway is a stand-alone program. You can access all three levels of training or just the level of training that best suits you.  

  • Essential Skillsfocuses on core AOD skills, is available online to all RACGP members and takes two hours to complete.  
  • Treatment Skillsbuilds on the core AOD skills and takes a minimum of six hours to complete. You receive $1,200 upon completion of training. Applications are now open and close on the 31 July 2021.  
  • Advanced Skillsbuilds AOD specific skills based on the AOD trends in your local patient community. It is a flexible learning program and takes up to 20 hours to complete. You receive $2,500 upon completion of training. Applications for the final intake open on the 18 January 2021 and close on the 15 March 2021.  

Applications Now Open – Advanced Skills Training 

Applications for Advanced Skills training are now open for a limited time from 18 January – 15 March 2021. 

Advanced Skills Training is for more experienced GPs wanting to develop their own personalised AOD learning plan to tackle the alcohol and other drug issues specific to their local community. 

Spaces are limited. GPs who complete this training receive a $2,500 grant payment. 

For more information on eligibility, grant payments and to apply for Advanced Skills Training, visit the RACGP AOD GP Education Program Website.  

“Working on the RACGP’s AOD GP Education Program has been a wonderful opportunity to put forward essential information that I wish I’d had access to as a GP Registrar. I undertook my Extended Skills placement at an AOD Service in 2015, at the beginning of my GP training, and found that this has informed my practice since. With this in mind, we designed the program first and foremost to be practical and applicable for GPs. We have worked to distil those take-home messages that really make a difference in providing informed care to patients with substance use issues.” - Dr Shani Macaulay, GP Medical Educator, RACGP AOD GP Education Program