Addiction medicine is the comprehensive care of people with a wide range of addiction disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction and pharmaceutical dependency. Addiction medicine physicians also play an important role in shaping public policy in the areas of health protection, prevention and health promotion for improved public and population health outcomes.
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Addiction medicine is a career that requires:
- Excellent communication skills
- Interaction with patients as well as some non-clinical work
- An interest in medico-legal requirements
- Research skills and knowledge
- Knowledge around psychiatric and psychosocial conditions and the interaction between these and addiction
- Joint management of patients with other clinicians.
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Addiction medicine training is a chapter program of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) training program. You can enter the training after completing RACP Basic Training or after a Fellowship from another medical college. Please refer to the RACP website for further information about the training program.
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N.B. Career prospects are dependent on both the supply of specialists and the projected future demand for services provided by medical specialists (including general practitioners). The complex interplay of supply and demand is currently being modelled at both a state and national level and will be included when it's available.