For Nurses

Essential Resources


The Victorian Government’s SafeScript real-time prescription monitoring initiative is focused on reducing the misuse and growing harms from high-risk prescription medicines.

PABN – Essential guides, files and forms for pharmacotherapy service providers.

The National Guidelines for Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence

These guidelines for health professionals outline medications available for treating opioid dependence in Australia. They are intended for use by those not experienced in the treatment of alcohol and other drug problems.

Education For Nurses

AOD NP Scholarship Application Form

AOD NP Scholarship Guide

Orticare Pharmacotherapy Network is offering scholarships to Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) Nurse Practitioner Candidates (NPCs) working in the Grampians or Loddon Mallee Regions.

PABN – Practice Nurse Education Series

Advancing Pharmacotherapy with Practice Nurses was a two session online program specifically designed to to upskill General Practice nurses, enabling them to take a more active role in the care of patients receiving opioid replacement therapy.


Regional Intake for Alcohol and Drug Services (ASCO)

For phone-based referral to counselling, withdrawal or care and recovery coordination services, contact Australian Community Services Organisation (ACSO) centralised Intake number on: 1300 022 760. To contact ACSO intake services within the Orticare Region:

ACSO Ballarat Hub:
305A Dana Street Ballarat 3350
03 5320 0000

ACSO Bendigo Hub:
28 Pall Mall Bendigo 3550
03 5443 9734

Direct Line – Telephone counselling and state-wide referral

DirectLine provides a free, anonymous and confidential counselling, information and referral service. DirectLine counsellors can provide information about the types of services and support options available in your local community. DirectLine is available to anyone in Victoria who is affected by an alcohol or drug problem, including people using drugs, families, and health professionals.

DirectLine can be contacted on – 1800 888 236 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Trouble-shooting for pharmacotherapy consumers and health providers

Pharmacotherapy Advocacy, Mediation and Support (PAMS) is a state-wide telephone service run by Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) and funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. PAMS provides confidential telephone-based information, support, advocacy, referral and mediation for opiate pharmacotherapy consumers and their direct service providers on any pharmacotherapy client related issue in Victoria.

PAMS can be contacted on – 1800 443 844 Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm.

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS)

The Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) provides clinical advice to health professionals who have concerns about the clinical management of patients and clients with alcohol and other drug problems.

Initial enquiries are handled by professional drug and alcohol counsellors. If the enquiry is medical in nature it will be referred to a DACAS Consultant. The DACAS Consultants are experienced Addiction Medicine Specialists. DACAS consultants aim to respond to the call within one hour or as soon as possible if the matter is urgent.

DACAS can be contacted on – 1800 812 804, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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