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Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 e-learnings

SA(CAT) Act 2017 e-learning modules

The Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017, also known as the SA(CAT) Act, introduces new addiction sector roles, processes and models of care. A series of e-learning training modules are available for the addiction workforce to develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively within the parameters of the Act.

The e-learning modules are now hosted on Moodle at On your first visit to the site, you will need to create an account using your email and a unique password.

If you previously accessed e-learning modules on, your account information and record of learning have been transferred to Moodle. You will be prompted to set up a new password when you first log in using the same username (that you used on If you have any problems accessing your account, please email

Introduction to the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 e-learning

This e-learning module provides a brief overview of the SA(CAT) Act 2017. It will help the addiction workforce and allied sectors develop a familiarity with the scope and intent of the Act.

Learning objectives

Introduce learners to the:

  • aims and intent of the Act
  • main processes of the Act
  • main professional roles required by the Act
  • terminology of the Act
  • pathways to care provided by the Act.

The role of Authorised Officer e-learning

This e-learning module provides an orientation to the role of Authorised Officer under the SA(CAT) Act.

Authorised Officers are central to the effective implementation and ongoing use of the Act.

Authorised officers are frontline workers responsible for:

  • responding to applications under the Act
  • assessing people for whom applications have been made
  • communicating with family and whānau and others
  • helping people to understand the Act and its limitations
  • arranging specialist assessments.

Learning objectives

Introduce learners to:

  • an overview of the role of authorised officers
  • the expectations of authorised officers
  • the responsibilities of authorised officers
  • specific activities/actions associated with the role
  • the functions of Authorised Officers within the context of the Act.

Capacity assessment for SA(CAT) Act e-learning

This e-learning module explores how to carry out a capacity assessment for the purposes of the SA (CAT) Act 2017. In the videos the different aspects of a capacity assessment are explored to highlight how each can be assessed.

Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Capacity Assessment Tool e-learning

The Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Capacity Assessment Tool has been developed to support authorised officers and responsible clinicians to assess capacity to accept and or decline addiction treatment in people subject to assessment under the SA(CAT) Act 2017.

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