Prescribers

Links to information about different organisations and programs that provide support to health practitioners to improve quality prescribing.

Page last updated: 16 May 2019

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Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality Health Care (the Commission) was established by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to develop a national strategic framework and associated work program that will guide its efforts in improving safety and quality across the health care system in Australia.

Australian Medicines Handbook
Essential reference tools for medical practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners, dentists, students, hospitals, aged care facilities and any health practitioners with an interest in the quality use of medicines.

National Immunisation Program
The National Immunisation Program (NIP) aims to increase national immunisation rates by funding free vaccination programs, administering the Australian Childhood Immunisation register and communicating information about immunisation to the general public and health professionals.

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance
The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance aims to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia and to support initiatives in the surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, including disease surveillance, vaccine coverage and immunisation adverse events.

National Health and Medical Research Council
The National Health and Medical Research Council is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards.

NPS MedicineWise (NPS)
NPS MedicineWise (NPS) was established in 1998 to provide support to health practitioners to improve quality prescribing through education and prescriber feedback. Its goal is to improve the health of Australians through quality prescribing of medicines. NPS focuses on therapeutic areas where it has been shown that changes to prescribing can lead to better health outcomes for consumers.

National Residential Medication Chart (NRMC)
The NRMC is a paper-based medication chart developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) for use in residential aged care facilities.

The NRMC aims to improve the safety of medication management in Australian residential aged care facilities through standardised medication charting and improved medication management practice. It promotes Quality Use of Medicines and reflects the Guiding Principles for Medication Management in Residential Aged Care Facilities under Australia’s National Medicines Policy.

Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) Hospital Medication Chart (HMC)
The PBS HMC is a paper-based medication chart developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) for use by Australian public and private hospitals. The PBS HMC provides an alternative option for the prescribing, dispensing, and claiming of PBS and Repatriation PBS (RPBS) medicines in the hospital setting.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule
The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits provides a listing of the medicines subsidised by the Australian Government. The Schedule is part of the wider Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme administered by the Department of Health and Ageing and Medicare Australia.

Supply of medicines information to consumers
The Guiding Principles are intended to guide partners in the quality use of medicines in achieving continuity in medication management. They offer a systems approach to medication management, that is, they advocate a consistent and standard approach across all health care settings and health care providers.

Guiding principle 7 – Supply of medicines information to consumers – of the Guiding principles to achieve continuity in medication management publication provides guidance on the supply of medicines information to consumers and/or their carers.

The National Return & Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Limited
The National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines (NatRUM) Program is an Australian Government initiative administered by the Department of Health which has been in operation since 1998. NatRUM facilitates a national service disposing of medicines in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Consumers are able to return their expired and unwanted medicines to any community pharmacy across Australia. There is no fee charged either to consumers or community pharmacies for this service.

Therapeutic Goods Administration
The Therapeutic Goods Administration safeguards public health & safety in Australia by regulating medicines, medical devices, blood & tissues.

Therapeutic Guidelines
Therapeutic Guidelines Limited is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to deriving guidelines for therapy from the latest world literature, interpreted and distilled by Australia's most eminent and respected experts.

Veterans' Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (Veterans' MATES)
Veterans' MATES provides up-to-date health and medicine information for health professionals and veterans. A team of clinical experts contribute to the writing of this information which is specifically tailored for veterans and their health professionals.

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