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.
Each module may be completed separately to enable targeted quality improvement. They cover 4 areas of clinical practice relating to treatment:
Each module is self-contained and includes:
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:
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.