GPs need more training on ice addiction: report

That's one of the findings of a landmark 900-page report tabled today in the Victorian parliament which examines what has been characterised as a methamphetamine epidemic in the state.

The report, prepared by the Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee, recommended targeting training programs for GPs, noting many users of ice will not seek treatment from specialist support services but are likely to consult their GP to deal with other or associated health issues – at which point “brief interventions” can take place.

"The need for primary care health workers such as general practitioners, nurses and social workers to be able to address methamphetamine-related issues was frequently impressed upon the committee during the course of the inquiry," the report notes.