Our Alcohol and Drug Nurse Practitioner* clinic offers a specialist alcohol and drug treatment service at Ballarat Community Health’s Lucas clinic. This exciting new service offers high quality, evidence-based treatment and care for people with alcohol and drug issues, in a collaborative care model with referring GPs. The service may provide a short-term involvement around ceasing substance use or longer-term management around maintenance pharmacotherapy (Methadone or Buprenorphine for opioid dependence). The advanced clinical role of an alcohol and drug nurse practitioner includes:
- comprehensive holistic assessments
- requests for relevant diagnostic tests
- initiating and maintaining medications relevant for drug and alcohol treatment and
- making appropriate referrals.
The service also works in close partnership with other alcohol and drug treatment, community and healthcare providers.
*A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who is educated and endorsed under Section 95 of the National Law to function autonomously in an advanced and extended clinical role. The nurse practitioner role includes assessment and management using nursing knowledge and skills.