From 1 February 2018, all medicines that contain codeine will no longer be available without prescription in pharmacies. Codeine is a commonly used medicine to help manage mild to moderate pain that is sometimes subject to misuse and dependence. There is a plethora of information and support available for health professionals and consumers with regard to these changes. Please see below for information that may be relevant to your practice.
For Alcohol & Other Drug Treatment Providers
Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT)
Combination Analgesics Containing Codeine Dependence
Patient Requests for Combination Analgesics Containing Codeine (CACC)
Opioid Replacement Therapy Dispensing - Information for Pharmacists
Drug and Alcohol Referral
Over 26 Years of Age - Drug and Alcohol Referral
Under 26 Years of Age - Drug and Alcohol Referral
Drug and Alcohol Counselling
Melbourne: Tuesday 28 November
The Therapeutic Goods Administration invites you to an evening workshop on the up-scheduling of codeine, and the opportunity to engage with senior TGA representatives as well as leading specialists in acute and chronic pain management with addition.
Time and venue: Arrival 5pm for 6pm start, Mantra on Russell, 222 Russell St, Melbourne. To find out more, please see this flyer.
Ballarat: Wednesday 29 November
The Ballarat Clinical Network for Addiction Management invites interested health professionals to participate in a facilitated case discussion, focussing on local referral pathways and options.
Time and venue: Wednesday 29 November, 6.15pm – 8pm, Ballarat Community Health, Lucas. To find out more, please see this flyer. To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 5338 0511.
Webinar: Wednesday 6 December
The RACGP Victoria New Fellows and Drug and Alcohol Committees are offering members a webinar on the implications of codeine rescheduling. The aim of this session is to inform GPs about the upcoming changes in the rescheduling of this drug and the potential implications it may have. It also aims to provide GPs with strategies on how to treat patients who may have developed an addiction to codeine.
Time: 7pm - 9pm. To find out more, please visit the RACGP website.
Ararat: Thursday 7 December
Kindly hosted by Ararat Medical Centre, this session aimed at local prescribers, pharmacists and interested health professionals includes facilitated case discussion.
Time and venue: Thursday 7 December, 1pm - 2pm, Ararat Medical Centre. For more information and to RSVP please email email@example.com or call 03 5338 0511.