Resource for guidance on the ODT reform

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The Pharmacy Stakeholder Forum is a joint initiative between the Pharmacy Council of NSW, NSW Health and other pharmacy organisations representing most NSW pharmacists. You may have seen the Forum communique sent to PDL members in October 2022.

As mentioned in the communique, the purpose of the Forum is to:

• monitor regulatory issues that impact on the governance and performance of NSW pharmacists and owners of NSW pharmacies;
• identify key communication messages for pharmacists related to their obligations and responsibilities in respect of the law, policies, guidelines and standards;
• develop an integrated approach to communicating with pharmacists;
• encourage a collaborative approach to the promotion of clinical governance and legislative compliance amongst pharmacists.

Forum representatives are developing several resources to support NSW pharmacists. They are intended to be used as tools for pharmacists in conjunction with their overall knowledge and autonomous practice.

The following document is part of the fifth round of resources released and offers workflow guidance on the Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) reform.

ODT transitional arrangements

It is hoped that pharmacists and pharmacy owners will utilise this resource as a guide to assist with the ODT reform in accordance with all legal and professional requirements.

The following Practice Alerts have been released as part of this initiative.

1. Resources for guidance on immunisation
2. Resources for guidance on proprietor oversight
3. Opioid Therapy Program management resources
4. Managing high-risk S8, S4B and S4D medicines

If you have questions regarding the material published so far, please contact the PDL Professional Officers.

For immediate advice and incident support, call PDL on 1300 854 838 to speak with one of our Professional Officers. We are here to support our pharmacist members 24/7, Australia-wide.