Notice Type
Departmental
Notice Title

Approval of a Lead Clinician to Provide Opioid Substitution Treatment Under Section 24A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975

Acting under delegated authority from the Minister of Health, I, Dr John Crawshaw:

  1. Revoke the approval of the Rata Alcohol and Other Drug Service and medical practitioner issued pursuant to sections 24A(7)(a), (b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 made on 30 July 2020 (as published in the New Zealand Gazette, 31 July 2020, Notice No. 2020-go3410); and
  2. Specify the Rata Alcohol and Other Drug Service as a service that may provide treatment with controlled drugs for people who are dependent on controlled drugs, pursuant to section 24A(7)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, at the following places:

    Grey Base Hospital
    High Street
    Greymouth 7805; and

    Buller Mental Health Service
    Derby Street
    Westport 7825; and

    Hokitika Health Centre
    Sewell Street
    Hokitika 7810.

  3. Pursuant to section 24A(7)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, specify that Dr Andrew Gin, as a medical practitioner, may:
    1. prescribe, administer or supply controlled drugs for the treatment of dependence as the lead clinician for Rata Alcohol and Other Drug Service;
    2. authorise in writing service/clinic medical practitioners as specified under section 24A(2)(b) to:
      1. prescribe, administer or supply controlled drugs for the treatment of dependence;
      2. authorise in writing general practitioners receiving clients from the Rata Alcohol and Other Drug Service as specified under section 24A(2)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975; and
    3. authorise in writing general practitioners receiving clients from Rata Alcohol and Other Drug Service as specified under section 24A(2)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

Conditions

  1. Controlled drugs may only be prescribed, administered or supplied to people who are or have been clients of Rata Alcohol and Other Drug Service.
  2. This approval expires on 1 November 2021.

Dated at Wellington this 29th day of July 2021.

Dr JOHN CRAWSHAW, Director of Mental Health, Mental Health and Addiction.