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Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine

Matthew Frei AChAM Pres


Welcome to the AChAM homepage

The AChAM President is Dr Matthew Frei FAChAM.

Matthew is the Clinical Head of DACAS's South Eastern Alcohol & Drug Services, the Head of Clinical Services at Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre and Eastern Health Alcohol & Drug Services, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University.

Contact details

Education Officer (training related enquiries)
Ph: +61 2 8247 6296

Executive Officer (all other enquiries)
Ph: +61 2 9256 5484

News for the Chapter 

EOI: RACP CPD Committee AChAM Representative

The RACP's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee is seeking a representative from the Australasian Chapter of Addiciton Medicine.
The CPD Comittee has been established to:

  • Encourage CPD participation
  • Work with the College to ensure CPD programs meet the needs of the Fellowship
  • Consider and approve minor changes to the MyCPD program (including functional fixes and improvements, aesthetic changes, updates to the content)
  • Report to relevant education committees and CEC on statistics and issues arising from CPD participation

The committee is scheduled to meet five times in 2015 - three teleconferences and two face to face meetings in Sydney.
The proposed remaining meeting dates for 2015 are:

  • 02-2015: Friday, 5 June (F2F)
  • 03-2015: Friday, 4 September (F2F)
  • 04-2015: Friday, 20 November (TC)
  • Additional teleconference TBC

The term of office for this committee is two years. Interested Fellows are invited to complete an Expression of Interest form and submit this along with a 300 word statement
outlining your interest in the position and a brief CV to by COB Friday, 20 March 2015.

RACP CPD Committee - EOI Form

Register now! International Medicine in Addiction 2015 (IMiA15),  Melbourne on 20-22 March 2015. 
Visit the Conference page at this link. Early Bird registrations will close on 18 December.  Poster abstracts will be accepted until 16 January.

Addiction 2015 Conference hosted by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association - 20-22 May 2015 (new date).

Recognition of Addiction Medicine as a Vocational Scope of Practice in New Zealand: the RACP has submitted the Stage 2 application.


    • Addiction Medicine Online Modules: a suite of modules,  intended to update healthcare professionals on the epidemiology and evidence base for current treatment approaches to addiction disorders, is available to the medical community free of charge through the RACP's eLearning portal. These resources include:
      A suite of 8 modules developed by Fellows of the AChAM with the support of NSW Health;
      - A module on Smoking Cessation for Patients with Complex Disorders developed with a grant from the RHCE Program. 
      The modules, which assume a basic level of knowledge of drug and alcohol problems, can be undertaken in multiple sittings.
    • Find a Fellow: Need an AChAM Fellow for patient assessment? Here is a list of Fellows who accept referrals.
    • Presentations from the Medicine in Addiction Conference 2013 held in Sydney on 15-17 March 2013 can be found at this link.
    • Results of the joint Methadone survey undertaken by Fellows of the Australasian Chapters of Addiction and Palliative Medicine and the Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA.  Download survey results
    • Positions vacant: Opportunities exist for Addiction Specialists to consider a career move to Tasmania
    • Relevant RACP policies, such as the RACP statement on the Use of Sustained Release Formulations of Naltrexone in Opioid Dependence, and on the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre can be found on this page.