This toolkit comprises training, tools, videos and resources related to the rollout and supply of Take Home Naloxone in Queensland.
Important changes to naloxone supply
The National Take Home Naloxone (THN) program has made naloxone available for free to people who may experience, or witness, an opioid overdose.
An amendment to the Medicines and Poisons (Medicines) Regulation 2021 has further streamlined the process to participate in the THN program in Queensland.
From 1 July 2023, the streamlined arrangements mean that no approval is required from Queensland Health to participate as an Authorised Alternative Supplier (AAS) in the national THN program. To participate, simply complete the AAS site nomination template (XLSX 19 kB) and submit to THN@health.qld.gov.au
Your details will then be provided to the Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA) (the operators of the PPA portal on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care) in order to:
- allow your organisation to register for the portal
- submit details of THN given out
- make claims for reimbursement (for s90 community pharmacies and s94 hospital pharmacies only).
NB: Participation in the national THN program still requires adherence to the THN program rules.
Under these streamlined arrangements, any person who has completed training in how to recognise signs and symptoms of suspected opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone can give out THN under the program. The free, self-paced eLearning module below meets this training requirement.
Remember, when giving out THN under the program, you must provide brief instructions about how to recognise signs and symptoms of suspected opioid overdose and how to administer the THN.
For more information on the national rollout of the THN program click here.
To access the Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA) Portal click here.