Harm Reduction Victoria

GP Links & Resources

General Practitioners & Prescribers Links and Resources


Policies (Note – there is a new 2013 version of the Victorian Pharmacotherapy Policy)

Pharmacotherapy Policy 2013

Policy for the Issue of Schedule 8 Permits in Victoria

Application for Approval as a Prescriber of Pharmacotherapy

Notification of a Drug Dependent Person


National Clinical Guidelines (to be used in conjunction with Victorian Policy)

National Clinical Guidelines for Methadone (pdf)

National Clinical Guidelines for Buprenorphine (pdf)

National Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in Pregnancy

National Clinical Guidelines for Naltrexone


For Non-Registered (untrained) Prescribers

Brief guide to prescribing buprenorphine-naloxone


GP Prescriber Training

Victorian Pharmacotherapy GP Prescriber Training


Permit Related Information

Permit Application to Treat a Person with Methadone or Buprenorphine

Schedule 8 Permit Notification Requirements – March 2009

Notification of a Person Treated with Pharmacotherapy Released from Prison

Notification to Terminate Treatment with Methadone or Buprenorphine

‘Smart Forms’ (electronic forms for permits etc and can be sent via email) are available from the Victorian Department of Health website.


Inter-state Pharmacotherapy Transfer Information

(PAMS can assist with inter, intra & international pharmacotherapy transfers)

Interstate Transfers to ACT Queensland NSW and SA

Interstate Transfers to Tasmania, Western Australia and Northern Territory


Pharmacotherapy General Information Resources (targets consumers and/or families/carers)

Starting Treatment with Methadone or Buprenorphine (pdf leaflet)

Starting Treatment with Methadone and Buprenorphine – Vietnamese


Pharmacotherapy Newsletter

The Victorian Drugs and Poisons Regulation branch of the Victorian Department of Health put out regular pharmacotherapy newsletters for service providers. You can get the most recent version of this newsletter (along with previous editions) using the links beow.

DPR Website – Pharmacotherapy Newsletter


Methadone Specific Information for Consumers

Methadone Consumer Information booklet

Methadone Syrup – Product Information

Biodone Forte – Product Information


Buprenorphine (Subutex) & Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) Specific Information

Suboxone Film Product Information (pdf)​​

Suboxone Tablet Product Information (pdf)

Subutex – A Guide to Treatment

Suboxone – A Guide to Treatment

Suboxone Film – A Guide to Treatment


Forthcoming Changes to the Victorian Pharmacotherapy Program, Department of Health   (2013 onwards)

Enhancing the Victorian Pharmacotherapy System – Directions Paper


Relevant Research & Reviews 

Review of the Victorian Pharmacotherapy Program 2011

Rapid Situational Assessment of Pharmacotherapy (2010) – Barwon South West and North West Regions

A Raw Deal – the Cost of Pharmacotherapies in Victoria

Pharmacotherapy – Changing Lives – AMA Article

Waiting room ambiance and provision of opioid substitution therapy in general practice. (Medical Journal of Australia) ​ (NB: Previously titled ‘Attitudes towards Pharmacotherapy Prescribing in General Practice.’)

Pharmacotherapy and Driving

Opioid Dependence and Driving Ability

National Evaluation of Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Dependence (NEPOD) 2004


Useful Contacts

​PAMS PH: 1800 443 844
Email PAMS

Drugs and Poisons Regulation (Victorian Department of Health)  PH: 1300 364 545,  Fax: 1300 360 830

Direct Line PH: 1800 888236

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) PH: 1800 812 804