Prescribing drugs of dependence
An overview of what you need to know about drugs of dependence, what they are and why and how they are regulated in South Australia
Treating prescribers and patients have the following options to appeal an administrative decision made by the Drugs of Dependence Unit.
Prescribers are encouraged to contact the Manager, Drugs of Dependence Unit to request a Decision Review. The initial decision may be confirmed, or a fresh decision made. Any information previously unavailable to the Drugs of Dependence Unit (for example relevant specialist reports or test results) should be provided to assist the review.
If a prescriber’s authority is revoked by the Drugs of Dependence Unit they may appeal to the Administrative and Disciplinary Division of District Court against the revocation.
Patients can obtain a second opinion about their treatment from another general practitioner or specialist medical practitioner. This should ideally be coordinated through your current prescriber.
A prescriber or patient may complain to the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner about the process the Drugs of Dependence Unit has used to make or review a decision.
A prescriber or patient dissatisfied with the response from the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner, may complain to Ombudsman SA about the process the Drugs of Dependence Unit has used to make or review a decision.