National Standard Medication Chart (NSMC) audit

Data from audits of how clinicians are using medication charts guide healthcare organisations in measuring clinical practice. This leads to improved health outcomes for patients and embeds continuous quality improvement within hospitals.

 

National Standard Medication Chart audit reports

The focus of the National Standard Medication Chart (NSMC) national audit is to drive local safety and quality improvements in medicines management through use of the NSMC across Australia.

2020 NSMC national audit

The NSMC national audit was conducted between 21 September 2020 to 31 October 2020 for participating hospitals across all Australian states and territories, including private hospitals. The report outlines the findings and recommendations from the 2020 National Standard Medication Chart (NSMC) national audit.

2021
Publication, report or update

2018 NSMC national audit

2019
Publication, report or update

NSMC audit

Audits provide evidence to support accreditation according to the NSQHS Standards (second edition).

Australian hospitals and day procedure centres can participate in the National Standard Medication Chart (NSMC) national audit or coordinate a local audit using the NSMC audit system.

Please contact nsmc.audit@safetyandquality.gov.au for more information. 

Audit resources

A number of resources were developed to assist hospitals participating in the audit, including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that incorporated information relevant to the NSMC National Audit. 

2018
Guide, user guide or guidelines

Instructional videos are also available for the NSMC audit system:

Contacts

Contact your NSMC local contact for further advice.

State Contact email Contact phone
ACT – Mr Daniel Lalor Daniel.Lalor@act.gov.au (02) 6174 7106
NSW – Ms Nina Muscillo CEC-MedicationSafety@health.nsw.gov.au (02) 9269 5585
NT – Ms Angela Young angela.young@nt.gov.au (08) 8951 7571
QLD – Ms Fiona McIver medicationsafety@health.qld.gov.au (07) 3708 5294
SA – Ms Jacinta Nagle  HealthMedicationSafety@sa.gov.au (08) 8204 1944
TAS – Ms Lisa Crisp lisa.crisp@ths.tas.gov.au (03) 6166 1061
VIC – Dr Kylie McIntosh kylie.mcintosh@safercare.vic.gov.au (03) 9096 7786
(Tues-Thurs)
WA – Ms Kerry Fitzsimons Kerry.Fitzsimons@health.wa.gov.au (08) 6373 2224
(Mon,Tues,Fri)

Previous NIMC National Audit Reports

In September 2018, the National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) audit system was replaced by the NSMC audit system.

If you would like a copy of a previous NIMC audit report from 2009-2014 please contact the Commission via email on: medsafety@safetyandquality.gov.au