Fundamentals training and Opioid treatment accreditation course for GPs

6th June 2018

The OTAC course is a requirement for practitioners seeking to become an accredited prescriber of opioid pharmacotherapies under the NSW OTP. Following a request from the NSW Ministry of Health, the Discipline of Addiction Medicine, University of Sydney has undertaken the task of restructuring and updating the content of the OTAC in order to reflect the soon to be released NSW Clinical Guidelines: Treatment of Opioid Dependence (2018). Part of the restructure involved the development of two separate courses.

  • Fundamentals Training – an online only short program that covers basic content around the NSW OTP, and information around the safe prescribing of pharmacotherapies, with a focus on buprenorphine and buprenorphine/naloxone preparations. This will be in line with the new regulations that allow for practitioners to be an ‘unaccredited prescriber’, permitting for the induction of up to 20 buprenorphine or buprenorphine/naloxone patients, and to have up to 10 methadone patients transferred to your care once stabilised.  


  • The OTAC – a full day program, which will be initially made available via face-to-face mode, and expanded to also operate as an online course. The OTAC will cover all aspects of the NSW OTP and will address more complex issues and cases, and with additional focus on the use of methadone along with buprenorphine preparations. This course will be required for any practitioner wishing to prescribe both buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone from induction for up to 200 patients and will be part of the process to become an ‘accredited prescriber’, in accordance with the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW).


Those wishing to undertake the OTAC will first be required to complete the Fundamentals Training course. If you do seek to become an accredited prescriber in NSW, you will be required to undertake the following in sequential order:

  1. The Fundamentals Training course
  2. The OTAC
  3. A half-day clinical placement
  4. Submission of your application to the PCS, along with supporting documentation.

Further details of the placement and application process will be given to you upon completion of the above courses.

For more information contact Daniel Winter | Research Officer & OTAC Coordinator

The University of Sydney Discipline of Addiction Medicine

Faculty of Medicine and Health

The University of Sydney
Level 6 | KGV Building | 83-117 Missenden Road

Camperdown | NSW | 2050

+61 2 9515 6407  | +61 2 9515 5779 (fax)  |

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