The Commission has identified improving the safety and quality of medication usage in Australia as one of its priorities and as a NSQHS Standard. Reducing error and harm from medicines through safe and quality use is an important element of our work and is helping us to achieve our objective of leading and coordinating national safety and quality improvements in health care.
The National Indicators for Quality Use of Medicines in Australian Hospitals are intended to support local monitoring of compliance with processes of care related to medication management that have been shown to improve health outcomes.
The Commission is developing a national standard medication chart for use in inpatient and outpatient settings in both public and private hospitals, which will provide for the prescribing, dispensing and claiming of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines directly from the chart, as appropriate. The chart will also accommodate the provision of non-PBS medicines.
The Commission works to improve the safety and quality of medicines systems and use through a number of initiatives including:
The Commission provides resources to assist with the implementation of NSQHS Standard 4.
A range of resources to assist health service organisations and health professionals safely implement and use electronic medication management.
The Commission regularly publishes medication safety and quality resources. These are sorted into the categories below:
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care provides the National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) Audit System to assist Australian hospitals auditing their use of the NIMC.