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OST Pathway - Background Information

This pathway was developed in collaboration with:



Mental Health SMO Tauranga

Sue Mackersey*


Jocelyn Heard*

GP Liaison Nurse - OST

Andy Walford


Tony Farrell

Clinical Team Leader, BOP Addiction Service

Paula Abbey

Clinical Lead BOPAS

Sally Whitelaw

Mental Health SMO

David Chaplow

Community Pharmacist

Rebecca Lukey


Lesley Watkins

Pain Service

Vicky Beveridge

Program Manager Bay Navigator

Caroline Davy

*Pathway Lead


The Tauranga Opioid Substitution Programme (OST) is one of the services offered by Bay of Plenty Addiction Service (BOPAS) that is part of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB).

This pathway contains information and guidelines for General Practitioners authorized by BOPAS to prescribe methadone or suboxone to patients in the GP Shared Care Programme. BOPAS intends that this information will assist in the provision of a quality, safe, professionally delivered OST Service that meets the needs of patients, their family/whanau, and the wider community. GPs and their staff are encouraged to consult with the GP Liaison Nurse (GPLN) or the Medical Officer at BOPAS working in a shared-care partnership model.

BOPAS provides services for the management of opioid dependency from a harm reduction philosophy, supporting people towards recovery, relative to each individual and his or her own circumstances.

The OST programme is in accordance with:

The BOPAS Servicemanagesthe admission, stabilisation and specialist maintenance phases of OST treatment. Patients may then be assessed as meeting criteria for the GP Shared Care Programmewhere their OST is integrated with their primary health care provider who is authorised by BOPAS on a three-monthly basis to prescribe methadone or suboxone.

Last updated : Friday, August 21, 2015
Next review date : Saturday, August 20,2016

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