MEDICALLY ASSISTED TREATMENT OF OPIOID DEPENDENCE

January 19, 2018

MEDICALLY ASSISTED TREATMENT OF OPIOID DEPENDENCE

Harm Reduction Australia have released a report from the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) consultations held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The consultation forum held in Queensland in October 2017 was attended by a number of stakeholders including consumer representatives. Some of the key issues identified included improving access and retention in Opioid Treatment Programs by further developing prescribing and shared care arrangements.  Workforce development and support, enhancement of consumer engagement programs and improved support for specialist programs such as OTP in the Queensland prison system were also identified in the recommendations. It was particularly noted at the Queensland forum that natural disasters such as flooding and tropical cyclones can be disruptive to the OTP and identified a need for Emergency Management plans for OTP dispensing pharmacies.


Download the Harm Reducation Australia "Opioid Treatment Program Forum: Queensland Report" (368KB PDF)