Codeine changes

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.



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 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 or call 03 5338 0511. 

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Geelong Otway
Pene Wood, Clinical Advisor or p: 5222 0809.
Dr Mark Davies, GP Project Officer, p: 5222 0875.

Great South Coast
Amy Collins, Clinical Nurse Specialist, p: 5564 5888.

Ballarat Goldfields and Wimmera Grampians
Jacqueline Keevins, Manager ORTicare, p: 5338 0511.