Addiction Medicine Specialist Clinic

Orticare, Grampians Loddon Mallee Pharmacotherapy Area Based Network, have established an Addiction Medicine Specialist (AMS) clinic in Ballarat. 

The AMS clinic is a service available for patients and health care professionals across the Grampians Loddon Mallee. It provides for primary and secondary consultations, and multidisciplinary case conferencing with Dr. Adam Straub B.Sc (CHem) Hon (WVU), MBBS(Melb), FAChAM.

Dr. Adam Straub, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Senior Medical Registrar at Ballarat Health Services, graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2008 and focused his early career in critical care medicine. After working with Victoria Police and spending many years working in Emergency Departments, Adam developed a great interest in Addiction Medicine, identifying a patient group that would benefit from a more comprehensive model of care. Through this, Adam is able to interact with a broad patient group and support their care throughout the hospital.  

He is a strong advocate for opioid agonist therapy and harm minimisation education. Adam completed advanced training in Addiction Medicine through St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Ballarat Health Services. Adam is actively involved in continuous professional development and medical education, supporting medical students and colleagues across all disciplines of medicine, nursing and pharmacotherapy care. 

The AMS clinic can provide expert advice for cases where: 

  • There is concern about a patient’s opioid dependence – including patients with chronic pain conditions 
  • The patient may be suitable for or is currently on opioid replacement therapy (pharmacotherapy) 
  • There are other/multiple concerns about a patient’s alcohol or drug misuse 
  • Expert advice is required regarding a medical withdrawal. 

Primary consultations require GP on NP referral (for MBS purposes). Consultations can be conducted via face to face or telehealth appointments
Click HERE for Primary consultations referral form

Secondary consultations are available by appointment only

Multidisciplinary Case Conferencing is also available upon request and by appointment
Click HERE for Multidisciplinary referral form

Please send all referrals to: [email protected]

Clinic address: 12 Lilburne Street, Lucas 3350 

Phone: 5338 4500 

When: commencing August 12th 2022 – Fridays from 1pm –5pm 

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