A NSW medical practitioner who has not received accreditation as a NSW OTP prescriber may be authorised by the Ministry of Health to manage up to 30 patients including:
- maximum of 10 patients treated with methadone who are referred by an accredited OTP prescriber.
- maximum of 20 patients treated with buprenorphine or buprenorphine-naloxone, who may be inducted by a non-accredited prescriber or referred by an accredited OTP prescriber.
Non-accredited prescribers are encouraged to complete the free online Fundamentals Training course to ensure they understand the requirements for prescribing opioid pharmacotherapy for patients.
Authorisation to prescribe methadone or buprenorphine (including buprenorphine-naloxone) must be granted by the Ministry of Health before a prescription may be issued to commence treatment. Forms to apply for authorisation are provided on this page - see OTP Forms.