Professional Development And Resources
As a health care professional, you always want to provide the best possible care to a patient. This means informing yourself and being aware of the risks and safety measures related to prescribing opioids and the ongoing treatment. With no two people the same, there are a number of professional development guides and resources available to assist.
Screening For Dependence
The Faculty of Pain Medicine’s opioid calculator is an essential clinical tool, designed to simplify the calculation of equianalgesic dose by expressing it as total oral Morphine Equivalent Daily Dose (oMEDD). It uses a “traffic light” dose warning system as a clear, simple way to indicate the risk of dose-related harm.
Download the free smartphone app, Opioid Calculator by ANZCA, today (17+).
HealthPathways SA is a free online portal that provides GPs and other health professionals with easy access to comprehensive, evidence-based assessment, management and local SA referral pathways for specific health conditions. HealthPathways SA is developed locally by South Australian GPs, specialists, nurses and other health professionals to improve patient access to the right care at the right time in the right place.
Pathways to support patient care include:
- Chronic Non-cancer Pain in Adults
- Medications in Chronic Non-cancer Pain
- Self-management Support for Chronic Pain
Guidelines And Position Statements
Many colleges and professional bodies have published guidelines or position statements on the use and prescription of opioids. Find some listed below:
- Royal College of General Practitioners (RACGP) – guidelines for prescribing drugs of dependence
- Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA – recommendations regarding the use of Opioid Analgesics in patients with CNCP
- Faculty of Pain Medicine ANZCA – quick reference recommendations for conduct of an opioid trial in patients with CNCP
Responding To Pharmaceutical Opioid-Related Problems
A short resource developed by NCETA addresses several key issues related to pharmaceutical opioids. It is available here.
Managing Your Patient’s Pain
Better Pain Management: A professional, high quality online education program developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), this program has been designed for specialist and general medical practitioners, medical students, nurses and allied health practitioners engaged in the care of patients with persistent pain.
Pain Management Network: The NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation have developed online tools to guide the assessment and management of pain. These resources are for both clinicians and patients.
 Nielsen S, Picco L, Middleton M, Kowalski M & Bruno R, Validation of the Routine Opioid Outcome Monitoring (ROOM) screening tool in patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Forum, San Antonia, Texas, USA. June 17, 2019 (Poster presentation)