Alcohol and other drugs

Building capacity of practice staff to provide opioid replacement medicines

05 February 2024

Notice of upcoming EOI


SWSPHN will soon call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for an initiative which will provide incentives totalling $20,000 to general practices in South Western Sydney to develop the capacity of staff to provide opioid dependence treatment (ODT) to stable patients.

The initiative comes in response to the Federal Government’s changes to ODT which make opioid replacement medicines available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule.

It is anticipated that as private dispensing clinics close, GPs will play a greater role in prescribing ODT medications.

Practices in the initiative will receive incentives to participate in:

  • educational opportunities for GPs, nursing and practice staff
  • the development of referral pathways
  • and engage with South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Drug Health Services to access support in treating stable patients
Incentives for participating practices include:
  • $6,000 for completion of educational opportunities
  • $14,000 to participate in the development of referral pathways and engage with SWSLHD Drug Health Services

Please discuss your interest in this initiative within your practice and watch out for the release of the EOI in Practice Pulse on Wednesday, 21 February.