Education & Events

A4PN 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.  These events are a fantastic opportunity for cross-sector networking and continuing professional development.


Upcoming Community of Practice events in 2021

Long-Acting Injectable Buprenorphine (LAIB) Masterclass

Long-acting Injectable Buprenorphine (LAIB) is a formulation of buprenorphine pharmacotherapy that has the promise to be a true game-changer in the area of Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence. The proven safety record of buprenorphine, combined with a weekly to monthly dosing schedule provide very good reasons for both patients and prescribing clinicians to engage with this new treatment.

About this event

Join us at this Community of Practice event in which specialist clinicians will provide a comprehensive discussion of LAIB, covering topics including:

  • Best practice prescribing of LAIB
  • Comparison of two available LAIB formulations
  • Patient indication, selection, initiation and conversion
  • Logistics considerations
  • Administration recommendations
  • Legislative and policy issues
  • Service delivery models – Specialised Pharmacotherapy Services, Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacy and General Practice
  • An expert panel to answer audience questions.

Session details:

UPDATE: Due to safety concerns related to the current COVID restrictions, this event has been postponed. Once confirmed, we will update this website with the new date and time.  

If you were previously registered for the event, a liaison coordinator will contact you with updated event details.

Date:             TBA
Time:           TBA
Venue:          Face-to-face event held at the Ibis Hotel in Glen Waverley
Cost:             Free
Audience:    GPs, pharmacists and Nurse Practitioners.

To register for this event or for an event flyer, please follow this link here.

Please contact to find out more about this event or other upcoming events.



Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (MATOD) training for prescribers

MATOD prescriber training consists of two parts: Module 1 and Module 2.


Module 1 – A two-hour online training available at MATOD Module 1 – Safer Opioid Prescribing, also titled Safer Opioid Prescribing. This can be completed at any time.

With the implementation of SafeScript, Victorian prescribers can now more readily identify patients receiving opioids and other high-risk medicines in high doses or combinations that may cause harm. MATOD Module 1 focuses on evidence-based practice and consultation approaches that help prevent, identify and manage problems arising from opioid prescribing. This module includes education and training related to opioid use disorder as well as the pharmacology of buprenorphine and methadone.

This activity is an interactive two hour session presented by MATOD specialist GPs and is accredited for 4 Category 2 RACGP QI&CPD points for the 2020-22 triennium..


Module 2 – currently offered through online training.

Upon completing Module 1, prescribers can register for Module 2, which enables them to prescribe methadone or Suboxone to patients with opioid use disorder, as part of their treatment planning. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Module 2 is now delivered through a series of online activities and engagements run through the RACGP including case-based interactive discussions presented by MATOD specialist GPs.

Eligibility criteria to attend Module 2:

  • Completion of online Module 1
  • Treating patients in Victoria
  • Registered with AHPRA prior to registering for this session.

Learning outcomes:

1. Assess patients presenting with problematic opioid use.
2. Outline the criteria for the diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder
3. Address the legislative requirements relating to prescribing of buprenorphine and methadone.
4. Implement opioid and methadone prescribing as part of a broader Opioid Use Disorder management plan.
5. Describe MATOD-related referral and support pathways.

Click here to register or contact RACGP Program Coordinator Kerrianne Singleton on or 8699 0468.



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

PSA’s Victorian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program

The aim of this training is to provide pharmacists and pharmacy support staff with the relevant knowledge, skills and tools required to identify those who would benefit from pharmacotherapy, engage in a discussion of the benefits of the program in a non-stigmatising manner and deliver a safe and consumer focused Opioid Replacement Therapy service in their pharmacy.

This is a Victorian State Government funded program and is FREE to all pharmacists and pharmacy staff in Victoria, regardless of membership with the PSA.

Click here to enroll or to find out more.



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:




Meducate Opioid Stewardship online modules – free training for GPs and pharmacists

Prescription medicines kill more people than the road toll. This statistic reminds us of how opioid stewardship is now as relevant and as necessary as antibiotic stewardship.  This online training identifies three stages in patient care during which opioid prescribing can be an issue:

-Initiation of opioids in acute pain
-Initiation of opioids in chronic pain
-Management of patients already prescribed high dose opioids

Click here to access the Meducate Opioid Stewardship Modules.