The theme for World Patient Safety Day 2022 is Medication Safety, building on the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge - Medication without harm. Health services are encouraged to take action and prioritise medication safety across the WHO's three flagship areas:
- Monitoring polypharmacy and responding to inappropriate polypharmacy
- Reducing harm from high-risk medicines
- Improving medication safety at transitions of care
Patients, with the support of their healthcare providers, are also encouraged to better understand their medicines to improve their safe and quality use of medicines.
WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge
The Commission was engaged by the Australian Government Department of Health to develop Australia’s response to the third WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge – Medication without harm. This response presented information on medication safety programs and initiatives in Australia in 2020, and recommended priority actions to achieve goals of the Challenge.
Initiatives around Australia
To mark World Patient Safety Day 2022, the Commission invited health services around Australia to showcase their initiatives in reducing medication-related harm, across one or more of the WHO flagship areas.
A range of exemplar projects, highlighting various quality improvement achievements in medication safety, were received.
Commission CPD event
The Commission organised a staff education event that addressed current initiatives across the three flagship areas - see 'Commission resources' under each flagship area below. The event also highlighted future areas of work to reduce medication-related harm, including greater awareness and education for consumers about effective medication management and preventative measures to reduce disease burden