Mental health alcohol & drug nurse practitioner collaborative
Mental Health Alcohol & Drug
Nurse Practitioner Collaborative
Emerging OST prescribers
By Rose McCrohan
Co-Chair MHAODNP Collaborative
Meet to advance the role of MH & AOD Nurse Practitioners.
The MHADNPC commenced in mid 2008 on potential Nurse
Practitioner models and to present clinical cases. Meetings
rotated between rural and metropolitan venues and
continue to do so. Membership of the Collaborative is open
to representatives from any MH or AOD service in Victoria
currently engaged in or contemplating the development of
NP and Candidate roles either for themselves or for their
In July 2009, the first 3 NP's were endorsed and as of
September 2014, there are now 30 NP's endorsed in areas
such as aged mental health, adult and community, youth &
adolescence, eating disorder, alcohol and drugs. emergency
department, specialist pharmacotherapy, consultation
liaison, private practice and other areas within MH & AOD.
The Collaborative meetings attract 30 to 35 NP's and
candidates and is a forum for professional development and
presentations from both endorsed NP's and external
presenters on advanced practice topics.
NPs endorsed to prescribe Methadone and
All have undertaken the requirements of the Drugs
and Poisons Legislation and completed the
Pharmacotherapy prescribers course at various
locations in Victoria.
Ivanhoe, Footscray, Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong,
Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon
NPCs ‘ Footscray x 2, Bendigo x 1, Traralgon x 2