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The NIMC reduces the risk of prescribing, dispensing and administration error through standardised presentation of medicines information for an individual patient. It also standardises the way medicines information is presented in all high-risk healthcare settings.

Background to the NIMC

Australian Health Ministers’ Conference joint communiqué (PDF 64 KB)

Summary rationale for a national medication chart (PDF 25 KB)

NIMC Pilot Aggregate Data Report (PDF 304 KB)

National Inpatient Medication Chart – Victorian Evaluation August 2007 (PDF 76 KB)

NIMC literature

Atik A, Adherence to the Australian National Inpatient Medication Chart: the efficacy of a uniform national drug chart on improving prescription error. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2012 ISSN 1365-2753 (PDF 360 KB)

Marmour G et al. Medication Prescribing, Surveillance and Safety in Australasian Emergency Departments. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 2011 Volume 41, No. 2 (PDF 130 KB)

Coombes et al. Pilot of a National Inpatient Medication Chart in Australia: improving prescribing safety and enabling prescribing training. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2011 72:2/338–349 (PDF 2.7 MB) 

Coombes I et al. Impact of a standard medication chart on prescribing errors: a before-and-after audit British Medical Journal 2009 (PDF 685 KB)

Coombes I et al. Reducing prescription errors. The Lancet.375(9713):462