Victorian Pharmacotherapy policy

Policy for maintenance pharmacotherapy for opioid dependenceOverarching policy for delivering medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence in Victoria.

Buprenorphine with naloxone (Suboxone)

Medical practitioners may now prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone®) for up to five patients without the need to attend the one-day Pharmacotherapy GP Training Program. Medical practitioners may refer to the following guide for advice on the key regulatory and policy requirements for prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone.  An online video, produced by Networking Health Victoria, is also available.

A brief guide to prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone
(pdf) A guide for medical practitioners prescribing buprenorphine/naloxone under the five-patient-limit rules.


National clinical guidelines

National Guidelines for Medicated Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence 2014
Commonwealth Department of Health, April 2014


All links provided are direct links to the Victorian Department of Health original documents unless specified. A list of all Department pharmacotherapy forms can be found here.