Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities – 2012

The aim of the revised Guiding Principles is to promote safe, quality use of medicines and appropriate medication management in RACFs. It is intended to assist RACFs to develop, implement and evaluate locally specific policies and procedures, support those involved in assisting residents, and support residents in the medication management process.

Page last updated: October 2012

The Guiding Principles are based on best available evidence and are intended to be applicable to all residential settings. Their application must take into account relevant national, state and territory legislation and regulation, profession-specific licensing, guidelines and standards, and aged care accreditation standards and requirements.

Guiding principles for medication management in residential aged care facilities – A guide for residents and carers

The Guide answers questions to some key topics outlined in the Guiding Principles to assist residents and carers play an active part in the quality use and safe management of medicines.

How to obtain additional copies
Additional copies of the Guiding Principles and the Guide for residents and carers can be obtained by contacting National Mailing and Marketing on (freecall) 1800 020 103 or by emailing National Mailing and Marketing (

If you are having problems downloading the PDF documents please contact:

National Medicines Policy Development Section
Phone: (02) 6289 8023
Fax: (02) 6289 7499

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