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National Indicators for Quality Use of Medicines in Australian Hospitals 2014

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) engaged the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group to revise the Indicators for Quality Use of Medicines in Australian Hospitals 2007 (2007 QUM indicator set) and develop new indicators for mental health and continuity of care. The revised indicators include:

  • 30 revised indicators from 2007 QUM indicator set. Five have been significantly modified;
  • Two new indicators to measure the accuracy of medicines information communicated at discharge from hospital; and
  • Five new indicators for acute mental health services.

These indicators 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 indicators have been designed for local use. They support measurement of safety and quality of medicines use for quality improvement purposes, and help health services to drive changes in healthcare practice.

All the indicators have been mapped to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

The indicator set is accompanied by data collection tools for each indicator, enabling local results reporting and review.

Data collection tools

The data collection tools and user guide are available from the NSW Theraputic Advisory Group.


Available for download is the complete indicator set and individual indicators. The Summary of Indicators and User Guide, from the complete indicator set, are also avaliable below as individual documents.

National QUM Indicators 2014 complete set

National QUM Indicators 2014: Summary of Indicators

National QUM Indicators 2014: User Guide

Number Type Indicator Access the Indicator QUM domain addressed by Indicator

Medication Safety Self-Assessment Tools

The Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Australian Hospitals and the Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Antithrombotic Therapy in Australian Hospitals are risk assessment tools specifically designed to help hospitals take an active and system-based approach to medication safety. Supported by the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, the tools will assist hospitals verifying their services against the National Safety and Quality in Health Care Standards. They can help services drive change by identifying, and measuring, areas for improvement. The tools allow self assessment of the medication safety practices within a health service, identification of improvement opportunities and comparison with the aggregate experience of demographically similar services.

Also included on the web site is 2012 ISMP International Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Oncology.