Doctor Resources and Guides

Prescribing Drugs of Addiction - Members' Support Page

This page aims to provide members with the links to sites with useful information on prescribing drugs of addiction.

If you have any suggestions for improving the site or adding additional links, please provide comments in the field located at the bottom of the page.

Information provided on sites outside the AMA website is the responsibility of the organisation managing that site.



Source Description Type

 Opioid pain relievers (Narcotic analgesics) 

NPS MedicineWise

Find reliable independent health and treatment information about the opioid pain relievers subcategory of medicines.

Comprehensive topic review

 Prescription Shopping Information Service

1800 631 181 

Australian Government Department of Human Services

A 'Dr Shopper Line' - information services for health professionals to assist them in their prescribing decisions.

Professional tool - Telephone Hotline

RACGP - Prescribing Drugs of Dependence in General Practice, Part A

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

This Clinical Governance Framework provides a comprehensive package for general practice on problematic prescription drug use.  The guide is a living document and will be regularly updated.

Professional Guidelines

RACGP - Prescribing Drugs of Dependence in General Practice, Part B: Benzodiazepines

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Guidelines formulated to provide assistance to general practitioners in relation to appropriate prescribing of benzodiazepines in the context of general practice.  

Professional Guidelines

Ending the doctor-patient relationship

 Defence Update MDA National Autumn 2011, pg 9-10 

Advice and steps to follow when ending the doctor-patient relationship (includes a sample letter template).

Professional publication

Terminating the doctor-patient relationship

The Medical Insurance Group

 General Fact Sheet on responsibilities and considerations when deciding to terminate the doctor/patient relationship. 

Professional resource - Fact sheet

 Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service -

(VIC) 1800 812 804 (TAS) 1800 630 093 (NT) 1800 111 092 

Funded by Department of Health, Victoria

Provides clinical advice to health professionals in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, about the management of patients and clients with alcohol and other drug problems.

Professional tools - Telephone consultancy service; Fact sheets for GP's; clinical guidelines; etc

 National Opioid Pharmacotherapy Statistics Annual Data Collection 2012 

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Statistical information on pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence

Reference material

 Assessing patients when considering treatment with opioids 

Department of Health, Victoria

Provides advice and an 'opioid risk tool' to prescribers who are considering treating a patient with an opioid.

Professional tool - Risk assessment

Prescribing Drugs of Dependence


 Answers to frequently asked questions regarding obtaining permits to prescribe, legal requirements, and identifying and managing drug-seeking behaviour.

Professional resource - fact sheet


State Departments and Government funded Drugs of Dependence Units provide information for medical practitioners in each State and Territory.

ACT - Pharmaceutical Services Section, ACT Health: 02 6205 0998
NSW - Pharmaceutical Services Unit, Legal and Regulatory Services Branch, NSW Health: 02 9391 9944
NT - Poisons Control Unit, Department of Health and Community Services: 08 8922 7341
QLD - Drugs of Dependence Unit, Queensland Health: 07 3328 9890
SA - Drugs of Dependence Unit, Drug and Alcohol Services, Department of Health: 1300 652 584
TAS - Pharmaceutical Services Branch, Department of Health and Human Services: 03 6166 0400
VIC - Drugs and Poisons Unit, Department of Human Services: 1300 364 545
WA – Pharmaceutical Services Branch, Department of Health: 08 9222 6883

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