AOD Education Program

Information for general practitioners
 

About the program

The Australian Government has funded the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program -  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 the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to administer the package.

Depending on the training pathway you complete, you may be eligible for QI&CPD/PDP hours and incentive grant payments.
 

RACGP Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) GP Education Program has been developed with funding from the Australian Government's Department of Health as part of the 2018-19 Budget Measure: Preventative Health – support for alcohol and drug abuse.

GPs can enter the program at any level, however GPs applying for Treatment Skills Training will need to meet program eligibility requirements.

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS TRAINING

What’s involved

  • 2.5 hrs self-directed online via gplearning
  • 5 RACGP CPD points (2020-22 triennium)

How it benefits you

Essential Skills Training provides a core skills update for GPs wanting to improve their approach to conversations about alcohol and drug use, identify at-risk groups and safely and effectively manage difficult patient behaviours that can arise during GP consults.

How to access

Access via gplearning

 

TREATMENT SKILLS TRAINING

What’s involved

  • 6 hours (3 x 90 mins workshops or self-direct learning modules via gplearning)
  • 40 RACGP CPD points
  • $1,200 incentive payment
  • 1,800 places available

How it benefits you

Treatment Skills Training is designed for GPs who would like to build on their core AOD skills and enhance their ability to engage in safe, open and effective dialogue with patients about their alcohol and drug use, gain their patient’s confidence, assess patient readiness for change and determine an appropriate treatment plan.

Applications close April 2021.

How to access

Apply now

 

AOD CONNECT – PROJECT ECHO

What’s involved

  • AOD Connect: Project ECHO offers RACGP members a dedicated weekly time to gather on Zoom to discuss their AOD patient cases
  • Sessions run every Thursday evening on Zoom, from 7.30pm - 8.30pm AEST
  • There is no prerequisite to join, all RACGP members currently treating or interested in treating AOD patients are welcome

How it benefits you

The case discussions provide you with an opportunity to learn from your peers’ experiences and the chance for you to share your experiences and insights also.

You will have access to a panel of experts including AOD GPs and an Addiction Medicine Specialist who you can also approach for recommendations and advice. Sessions are predominantly driven by peer learning.

How to access

Register your interest

 

ACRRM Drug and Alcohol Addiction Education (DAAE) Program

The ACRRM Drug and Alcohol Addiction Education (DAAE) Program features a suite of training activities designed to strengthen the capacity of general practitioners to address drug and alcohol addiction in their communities.

Available at no cost to ACRRM members, the DAAE program includes an online learning course, virtual and face-to-face workshops and webinars with subject matter experts, supported by resources for GPs to use within their practice.

Eligible ACRRM members can claim an incentive grant following successful completion of each DAAE Program training activity.

Eligible ACRRM members include all doctors and registrars who are current financial members of the College (excludes students, health professionals, IMG associates, future RG and retired members).

 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

What’s involved

  • 5.5 hours PDP (educational activities)
  • 2 hours PDP (performance review)
  • $2,700 incentive grant available
  • 1,100 places available

How it benefits you

Highly interactive workshops which provide tools and techniques for GPs to address addiction issues and effectively harness the local resources and referral pathways available. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss specific cases from their local community.

How to access

Enrol now

 

ONLINE COURSE

What’s involved

  • 12 hrs PDP (educational activities)
  • $1,300 incentive grant available*
  • 1,100 places available

How it benefits you

Self-directed case-based online courses which focus on developing effective communication strategies for assessing and managing patients with drug and alcohol addiction and optimising treatment options available in the local community.

How to access

Enrol now

 

WEBINAR SERIES

What’s involved

  • Interactive webinars in Q&A format

How it benefits you

Interactive webinars in Q&A format led by drug and alcohol addiction experts. These webinars will focus on key clinical areas and outcomes from the face-to-face and online learning courses, to build your core knowledge with the opportunity to explore case examples.

  • $200 incentive grant available*

How to access

Enrol now

 

Find out more

For any assistance or questions about the programs available to you, please contact Nick McGhie (nick.mcghie@swsphn.com.au).