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 $150 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
Seeking EOIs from GPs for Alcohol Brief Intervention Initiative
Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) has created the Alcohol Brief intervention Initiative to gather ideas from GPs on effectively educating and supporting patients to reduce their alcohol intake. Systematic review of clinical preventative health strategies in the USA ranks screening and brief intervention for problem drinking to be equivalent on health impact and cost effectiveness as colorectal cancer screening, and higher than that for cervical cancer and breast cancer screening.
There are many barriers to offering screening and brief intervention in general practice including competing health priorities and time constraints, degree of confidence and knowledge in providing information and counselling, sensitivity about discussing drugs and alcohol, and lack of support for more complex issues. The health benefits of overcoming these barriers are enormous.
This Initiative will commence in April 2020 and GPs will be remunerated $600 for 3 months of participation. Deidentified ideas, resources, and information on barriers and solutions generated by GPs will be collated and distributed within the group, and to following participants to accelerate learnings. Knowledge gained through this initiative will inform future work on reducing alcohol harms in our region.
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
For healthy men and women, drinking no more than two standard drinks on any day reduces your risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury over a lifetime.
Drinking no more than four standard drinks on a single occasion reduces the risk of alcohol-related injury arising from that occasion.
For women who are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or breastfeeding not drinking is the safest option.
- 2009 Australian Guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol – full
- 2019 draft 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.