Medicare Item for General Practitioner Participation in Home Medicine Reviews – Continue funding

The Government will provide funding of $41.6 million over four years to continue the successful Home Medicine Review whereby doctors and pharmacists work together to ensure their patients are using their medications properly and safely.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is it important?

  • There are about 140,000 hospitalisations each year due to medication error. Home Medicines Review is an important measure to help reduce these admissions and ensure overall quality use of medicines by patients.

Who will benefit?

  • Patients at risk of medication-related problems because of disease, complexity of medications, difficulties with managing medications or recent discharge from hospital with complex and multiple medications will benefit.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government will provide funding of $41.6 million over four years to 2009-10.

What have we done in the past?

  • Home Medicines Review was introduced in November 2001 as the first major national initiative promoting structured GP–pharmacist collaboration in identifying, resolving and preventing medication-related misadventures.
  • A recent evaluation found that the programme continues to meet important community needs and is widely regarded as an effective way of promoting better use of medicines.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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