OTP prescriber self-audit available

The operation of the NSW Opioid Treatment Program relies on prescribers making sure their practice aligns with the regulations and guidelines which underpin the program.

NSW Health has developed a self-audit tool for prescribers to assist prescribers with ensuring best practice standards are being met. The self-audit tool may be used as a quality improvement activity and may support continuing professional development.

The self-audit tool includes 4 modules

Each module may be completed separately to enable targeted quality improvement. They cover 4 areas of clinical practice relating to treatment:

  • treatment planning and assessment
  • induction and stabilisation
  • treatment monitoring and unsupervised dosing 
  • prescription writing, regulation and other protocols.

Each module is self-contained and includes:

  • a list of best practice indicators
  • audit form for collection of data
  • guide to calculating results and measuring performance against the indicators
  • template for planning and completing actions to address gaps in practice.

NSW Health recommends that the self-audit be conducted on a periodic basis, e.g. every 6-12 months to maintain quality practice.

The self audit tool modules are available for download below:

OTP prescriber resources

In NSW, prescribing of methadone and buprenorphine for treatment of opioid dependency is restricted to medical and nurse practitioners. There are a range of special requirements that prescribers need to comply with to prescribe methadone and buprenorphine safely.

Current as at: Monday 10 July 2023