Initiatives and programs
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious threat to human and animal health and is happening now. The more we use antibiotics, the more chances bacteria have to become resistant to them and are harder to treat. We all need to take action to preserve antibiotics and reduce the threat of AMR.
The Authorised Prescriber Scheme allows authorised medical practitioners to prescribe medicines, medical devices or biologicals that are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods to a class of patients with a particular medical condition.
Under this program, pharmacies provide medicines to their patients in a well-sealed, tamper-proof device. This helps patients organise and time their medicines, so that they take them at the right dose and time.
Electronic prescribing is now widely available. It provides an option for prescribers and their patients to use an electronic prescription as an alternative to paper prescriptions. Paper prescriptions are still available.
Under the Home Medicines Review, a pharmacist visits patients’ homes to help them understand all the medicines they take, and make recommendations to help health practitioners and patients develop medicine management plans. This helps to increase quality use of medicines and decrease adverse events.
Under this program, pharmacies provide medicines to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in a well-sealed, tamper-proof device. This helps patients organise and time their medicines, so that they take them at the right dose and time.
The Life Saving Drugs Program (LSDP) pays for specific essential medicines to treat patients with rare and life-threatening diseases.
A MedsCheck enables a patient to go to community pharmacy and discuss their medicines with a pharmacist, who advises on what the medicines do, and how to use and store them, as well as address any problems. A Diabetes MedsCheck focuses on patients with type 2 diabetes and their diabetes medicines.
The National Medical Stockpile is a strategic reserve of drugs, vaccines, antidotes and personal protective equipment for use in national health emergencies. We purchase and stockpile these items so Australia is more self-sufficient during an emergency and able to meet high levels of demand.
The Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) is a nationally implemented system, designed to monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled medicines with the aim of reducing their misuse in Australia.