Gippsland Pharmacotherapy Network contacts:


Department of Health, Victoria – Drugs, Poisons and controlled substances.

1300 364 545
1300 360 830
10:00am-4:00pm M-F except for public holidays

The Drugs and Poisons section of the Victorian Department of Health is responsible for the administration of approvals for prescribers and dispensers of pharmacotherapy, pharmacotherapy permits and notifications, drug dependence notifications and pharmacotherapy training and accreditation.

The Department of Health does not provide advice on the management of patients. For advice and information on the clinical management of patients with drug or alcohol problems, please call the Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service on 1800 812 804 or refer to your local services listed on this page.

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS)

1800 812 804 (Victoria)
24 hours, 7 days

DACAS is a 24 hour, 7 day specialist telephone consultancy service available to all health professionals in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. The service provides clinical advice to health professionals who have concerns about the management of patients and clients with alcohol and other drug problems.

Initial enquiries to the DACAS service are handled by professional drug and alcohol counsellors. If the enquiry is medical in nature it will be referred to a DACAS Consultant who will be paged to provide a secondary consultation. The DACAS Consultants are experienced Addiction Medicine Specialists.

DACAS consultants aim to respond to the call within one hour, or as soon as possible if the matter is urgent.


1800 888 236
24 hours, 7 days

DirectLine provides confidential alcohol & drug counselling and referral in Victoria for people of all ages and backgrounds including information and referrals for people in treatment or seeking treatment with opioid replacement therapies.

Pharmacotherapy, Advocacy, Mediation and Support (PAMS) Service.

1800 443 844 (Victoria)
(03) 93291500 (outside Victoria)
10am-6pm, Monday to Friday

Run by Harm Reduction Victoria, PAMS provides information or advice to Victorian patients, prescribers or dispensers on ANY issue or concern related to pharmacotherapy.