Rural Addiction Medicine Pharmacotherapy Specialist (RAMPS) service

Dr. David Jacka (left) was appointed Addiction Medicine Specialist (AMS) at Monash Health in early 2013. He has worked in the area of public health for many years and in Alcohol and Illicit Drug misuse and Harm Reduction since 1993. Between 2006 and 2012 he worked with the World Health Organization as a drug treatment specialist and advisor on HIV prevention programming for IDU and other risk groups in Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

He has assisted in the development of guidelines and training materials on assessment and treatment for users of illicit drugs in the Asian Region and developed many bilingual materials for heroin and methamphetamine Harm Reduction, HIV Testing and Counselling, and Methadone Maintenance Treatment.

A dedicated tele-health timeslot is available on Tuesdays and Fridays that can be utilised by a GP requiring a secondary consult for addiction patients.

To access this skype or phone consult service, contact our nurse coordinator who will arrange a time, and instruct you to send through a referral. Access outside this timeslot is possible, subject to AMS availability.

Lynne Jephcott, Nurse Coordinator on mobile 0407 533 980 or email