Pharmacotherapy Resources

Victorian Department of Health Pharmacotherapy
(Opioid Replacement Therapy guidelines)

A range of resources developed by the Department of Health can be found at the below link including the VDoH policy for maintenance pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence.


Other Services

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS)

DACAS is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week specialist telephone consultancy service available to all health professionals. The service provides clinical advice from addiction medicine specialists to health professionals who have concerns about the clinical management of patients with alcohol and other drug problems – 1800 812 804

Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)

ACSO are the intake and assessment provider for drug and alcohol treatment services in rural and regional Victoria (excluding Barwon region). All alcohol and other drug presentations requiring counselling, non-residential withdrawal, and / or care and recovery coordination must enter the system through ACSO connect – 1300 022 760.

Barwon Health

Barwon Health are the intake and assessment provider for drug and alcohol treatment services in the Barwon region.

1300 094 187
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Family Drug Support (FDS)

FDS provide a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week support line for families affected by alcohol and other drugs – 1300 368 186.


DirectLine provide confidential alcohol and drug counselling and referral in Victoria for people from all backgrounds including family members. DirectLine is available 24 hour a day, 7 day a week by calling 1800 888 236.

Pharmacotherapy Advocacy Mediation and Support (PAMS) Service

PAMS is a state-wide telephone service run by Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV) and funded by the Victorian Department of Health. PAMS provide telephone-based information, support, advocacy, referral and mediation for opiate pharmacotherapy consumers and their direct service providers on any pharmacotherapy client related issue in Victoria. Ph: 1800 443 844, Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm

Private Specialists

If you are seeking referral to a private Addiction Medicine Specialist the Royal Australasian College of Physicians have a Chapter of Addiction Medicine where a list of specialists accepting private referrals can be found. Details can be found at the following link:


cdm-Net is the preferred software provider of the RAMPS service. cdmNet is an online service that makes it easier for GPs, practice nurses and other healthcare providers to manage chronic disease and preventive care in a collaborative manner.

Healthy Spirit, Healthy Community: A guide to drugs & alcohol within our community

These publications were developed for health professionals and community members as educational and informational resources for the Victorian Aboriginal community. The drugs included in these publications are currently the most-used within the community.

 Dovetail – the Good Practice Toolkit

Queensland-based Dovetail provides clinical advice and professional support for services and communities engaged with young people affected by alcohol and other drugs. A suite of guides and resources have been developed, including the good practice guide Learning from Each Other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People.