Paid Clinical Attachments with Addiction Specialists
GP Clinical Attachments with NSLHD Drug and Alcohol Service Addiction Specialists
40 Category 1 CPD points (by self-notification) are available on completion of 10 hours of training with remuneration at $159 per hour.
This program aims to increase the number of GPs who are skilled and willing to take appropriate referrals from Addiction Specialists working in the Drug and Alcohol Service and increase shared care between specialists and a growing group of skilled GPs.
Participating GPs will have access to:
- supervised clinical attachments with addiction medicine specialists and addiction psychiatrists at RNSH and Brookvale Community Health Centre
- a specialist network for ongoing support
- participation in GP Balint groups dedicated to peer support and confidential case discussion with colleagues
- mentoring by GPs experienced in treating substance use disorders
- ongoing education through Sydney North Health Network events
- AOD Education Updates from Sydney North Health Network
If you are interested in participating, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Pat Simmonds at Sydney North Health Network. Pat can be contacted via:
Phone: (02) 9432 8256
AOD Nurse-led Pilot
Sydney North Health Network is seeking a General Practice within the Northern Beaches, Pittwater or Warringah LGAs to participate in a shared-care nurse-led pilot with the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) Drug & Alcohol Service.
- The AOD Nurse Led Clinic aims to support better collaboration between specialist Drug & Alcohol services and General Practices within the NSLHD. Shared care increases accessibility of treatment, reduces stigma and will develop durable referral pathways that allow smooth transitions between primary care and specialist D&A services.
- The practice will have an interest in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) or a medium case load of patients who use substances and/or alcohol at harmful levels.
- The practice will be willing to actively participate in the research evaluation of this pilot and will be reimbursed for their time.
Benefits for your practice
- An AOD clinical nurse specialist on-site or available through telehealth assessments two sessions a week
- Improved knowledge of screening, and management of Alcohol and Other Drug patients
- Increased communication with Northern Sydney Local Health District drug and alcohol team
- Increase knowledge of managing both the mental and physical healthcare needs of AOD patients
- Increased knowledge of local hospital services and referral pathways
If you are interested in participating, please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and return to Pat Simmonds at Sydney North Health Network. Pat can be contacted via the details below.
Phone: (02) 9432 8256
Guideline 1: Reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm for adults
To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.
The less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol.
Guideline 2: Children and people under 18 years of age
To reduce the risk of injury and other harms to health, children and people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol.
Guideline 3: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
A. To prevent harm from alcohol to their unborn child, women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not drink alcohol.
B. For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby.
- 2020 Australian Guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol – full
- 2020 national guidelines – Reduce your risk
- Quick Reference Guide to the Treatment of Alcohol Problems
- Consultation Draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-2026
- ICD classification Mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use
- DSM V criteria for alcohol use disorder
- Comorbidity guidelines is a webpage dedicated to managing co-occurring alcohol and other drug and mental health conditions
The Audit C is a 3 item alcohol screening tool helps to identify people who are hazardous drinkers or have active alcohol use disorders (including alcohol abuse or dependence). The AUDIT-C is a modified version of the 10 question AUDIT screening tool.
- Standard drink guide 1 – Picture diagram showing serving sizes against standard unit measurements.
- Standard drink guide 2 – Leaflet from the federal government providing guidance for the general public regarding safe alcohol consumption.
- Pregnancy and alcohol
- Alcohol Diary
- Local Services Patient Information Flyer
- Tips for Cutting Down on Alcohol
- Alcohol the facts
- Guide to dealing with teenagers and alcohol
This booklet is a guide for parents on communicating with their teenagers about responsible drinking and provides information about the risks associated with binge drinking and tips for having a safe night when alcohol is around.
- Positive Choices
- Your Room – General facts about alcohol and other drugs.
- The Quick Guide to Drugs and Alcohol, 3rd edition is published by the Drug Info service which is a partnership between the State Library of NSW and NSW Health.
- APSAD – Australasian professional society on AOD
- NCETA – The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction
- Detoxification from Alcohol – Tony Gill – Clinical guidelines for general practitioners supporting patients with alcohol withdrawal.
- NDARC – National drug and alcohol research centre
- DARTA – Drug and alcohol research and training
- Federal Government Programme “Women Want to Know” regarding pregnancy and Alcohol
- Optimising MBS items for drug and alcohol patients
- Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions
- Motivational Interviewing Techniques
- Screening and brief interventions designed especially to support the LGBTI community with substance misuse
- Tip sheet for cutting down alcohol consumption
- NADA Language Matters – Drug and Alcohol
- Drink now pay later
- Wine O’Clock
- Pleasure Unwoven – Abridged version from “Pleasure Unwoven: A Personal Journey About Addiction” copyright 2009, The Institute For Addiction Study. These videos have been created by Dr Kevin McCauley. There are 8 topics including: The Choice Argument, Dopamine and Glutamate in Addiction, Is Addiction really a Disease?, Hypofrontality in Addiction and more.
Support Services and Apps
- Hello Sunday Morning – Hello Sunday Morning builds technology that supports any individual to change their relationship with alcohol.
- Get Healthy NSW – phone coaching – Free telephone based Health Coaching, a free service that can help to provide the support and motivation needed to reach healthy lifestyle goals.
- Alcohol and Drug Information Service ADIS – This 24-7 telephone service provides education, referral, crisis counselling and support about legal and illegal drugs. The service is available for patients and professionals.
- Drinks Meter App – a user-friendly app for your phone or tablet that provides confidential, personalised feedback about your alcohol use based on advice from doctors and the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.