Education & Events

Upcoming Community of Practice events

A4PN’s Community of Practice events are multi-disciplinary educational events featuring presentations from expert speakers, including local Addiction Medicine Specialists, on current topics.  These events are a fantastic opportunity for cross-sector networking and continuing professional development.

Please contact to find out more about upcoming events.


Ongoing Training & Education

Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence  (MATOD) training for GPs and Nurse Practitioners

  • Module 1 – A two-hour online workshop available at MATOD Module 1 – Safer Opioid Prescribing, titled Safer Opioid Prescribing. This can be completed at any time.
  • Module 2 – A full-day face-to-face interactive skills-based workshop covering the following topics:
    • Problematic pharmaceutical opioid use
    • Clinical assessment of patients using opioids
    • Drugs, dependence and harm minimisation
    • Treatment approaches – buprenorphine/naloxone, buprenorphine & methadone
    • Legal issues – permits, regulations, clinical standards and takeaway policies
    • Clinical and non-clinical supports

Sessions are held from 9.00 am – 4.30 pm (Registration from 8.30am), unless otherwise stated.

2019 dates for Module 2 training:
  • Sunday 17 February – RACGP House, 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
  • Sunday 24 March – Western VIC PHN Offices, 141 Myers Street, Geelong
  • Saturday 4 May – RACGP House, 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
  • Saturday 22 June – Bairnsdale
  • Sunday 21 July – Quest, Cnr Verdun Dr & Princes Hwy, Narre Warren (*Please note: This Module 2 session will be delivered in two parts. Part A is to be completed online, before attending a four-hour interactive Part B workshop from 8.30am – 1.00pm)
  • Saturday 17 August – Bendigo
  • Sunday 15 September – RACGP House, 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
  • Saturday 19 October – Bundoora
  • Saturday 30 November – Wangaratta

To register for Module 2 sessions, please contact RACGP on or 8699 0488.

Click here to view the flyer.


Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence  (MATOD) training for pharmacists.

Visit  for current pharmacist MATOD education delivered by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.



Project ECHO

The Victorian Opioid Management Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Hub is an initiative of the Victorian Pharmacotherapy Area-Based Networks.

This is a free learning and guided practice program on opioid management delivered via teleconferencing sessions.   The program sessions are a blend of didactic learning and case-based discussion.  They are delivered live every Wednesday morning at 7.30am-8.30am and are led by the expert addiction specialist team from St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Practitioners who present cases receive take-home recommendations for their patient and all participants receive knowledge they can apply in their practice. Sessions are run as friendly, open environments, with an ‘All-teach, All-learn’ philosophy.

The sessions are delivered entirely by video-conferencing technology. All you need to access a session is a web-enabled device with a camera and microphone (virtually all modern devices, including smart phones) and a broadband connection. Full support is available to get you connected.

This Project aims to bring specialist knowledge and support in opioid management to health professionals in Victoria.  The project has been driven by the three rural Pharmacotherapy Networks as a means of supporting generalist practitioners in rural areas, but is available to all Victorian prescribers and clinicians.

To register or to learn more, visit the ECHO page on the Pharmacotherapy Area-Based Network (PABN) website:


More information about the ECHO model is available here:

ECHO intro video (1min 30sec):

Queensland Health intro video (1min 20sec):

TEDx talk by the ECHO founder, Sanjeev Arora:

Queensland Health presentation by ECHO founder, Sanjeev Arora: