A major initiative to improve the safe use of medicines is the national standardisation of medicines management documentation in hospitals through medication charts.

The National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) is a suite of nationally standard medication charts, both paper and electronic, that present and communicate information consistently between healthcare professionals providing care to patients on the intended use of medicines for an individual patient.

NIMC (acute)

The NIMC (acute) is a medication chart designed for patients in acute care. It is used across health service organisations in medical and surgical wards, emergency departments and intensive care units.

The NIMC (acute) available on the Commission web site has 10.5 days of administration although the number of administration days may be varied locally.

NIMC (long-stay)

The NIMC (long-stay) is designed for long-term, stable adult patients in acute care. For example, the NIMC (long-stay) may be suitable for patients in spinal units and rehabilitation units.

The NIMC (long-stay) available on the Commission web site has 28.5 days of administration although the number of administration days may be varied locally.

NIMC (GP e-version)

General practitioners who prescribe for inpatients (usually in rural and remote health service organisations) need to issue medicine orders in NIMC compliant formats. To accommodate this requirement, the NIMC (GP e-version), a four A4 page version, was developed for incorporation in general practice electronic prescribing software. This allows general practitioners to print out medicine orders for inpatients in the NIMC (acute) format and permits recording of inpatient medicines administration using the standard NIMC process.

NIMC (acute) design files

The following versions of the NIMC are available as high resolution and designed for professional printing.

  • NIMC (acute)
  • NIMC (acute) private hospital
  • NIMC (long-stay)
  • NIMC (long-stay) private hospital
  • NIMC (GP e-version)

To receive a copy of the design files please contact the Commission.

Support materials

NIMC support materials including NIMC User Guide and health professional education and training

NIMC auditing process and web-based application

NIMC local management, quality assurance and issues register