The NSW Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) seeks to reduce the social, economic and health harms associated with opioid use. The OTP delivers pharmacotherapy and associated services to opioid dependent patients in NSW. 

To enrol a patient on the NSW OTP, authorisation from the NSW Ministry of Health is required. Forms to apply for authorisation are provided on this page - see OTP Forms.

Refer to NSW OTP clinical guidelines for methadone and buprenorphine treatment for further information. 

For assistance or further information contact the OTP section at Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit during business hours on (02) 9424 5921.

Specialist advisory line

Contact NSW Drug & Alcohol Specialist Advisory Services (DASAS) on (02) 9361 8006 in Sydney metropolitan areas or 1800 023 687 in NSW regional/rural areas for clinical advice on the diagnosis and clinical management of patients with alcohol or other drug related problems

OTP forms

To apply for authorisation to prescribe methadone or buprenorphine (including buprenorphine-naloxone) for the NSW Opioid Treatment Program use the form:

All exits from treatment are to be notified using the form:

The forms are pdf interactive and can be completed electronically prior to printing.

Fax forms to Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit on (02) 9424 5885. Applications for authorisation are generally processed within 2 business days.

Non-accredited prescribers

Medical practitioners must successfully complete the Opioid Treatment Accreditation Course (OTAC) to become an accredited OTP prescriber in NSW.

A NSW medical practitioner who has not received accreditation as a NSW OTP prescriber may be authorised by the Ministry of Health to prescribe methadone or buprenorphine for up to 5 patients. All patients must be initiated and stabilised on the OTP by an accredited prescriber before they can be transferred to a non-accredited prescriber.
Forms to apply for authorisation are provided on this page - see OTP Forms.

Interstate transfers

OTP in hospital inpatients

Frequently Asked Question:

Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) in hospital inpatients: What are a prescriber's responsibilities when prescribing methadone or buprenorphine to opioid dependent patients in a public or private hospital?

More information.

Page Updated: Thursday 14 September 2017