Links to information about different organisations and programs that provide support to health practitioners to improve quality prescribing.

Page last updated: 13 December 2013

Australasian Cochrane Centre

The Centre aims to promote the equitable provision of effective health care in Australasia by facilitating the preparation and maintenance of systematic reviews and their dissemination and application to influence service provision and clinical practice.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality Health Care (the Commission) was established by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to develop a national strategic framework and associated work program that will guide its efforts in improving safety and quality across the health care system in Australia.

Australian Medicines Handbook

Essential reference tools for medical practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners, dentists, students, hospitals, aged care facilities and any health practitioners with an interest in the quality use of medicines.

This site also includes information on the revised and updated Third Edition of the
AMH Drug Choice Companion: Aged Care - a widely-accepted aid to Quality Use of Medicines in Aged Care in Australia.

Immunise Australia Program

The Immunise Australia Program aims to increase national immunisation rates by funding free vaccination programs, administering the Australian Childhood Immunisation register and communicating information about immunisation to the general public and health professionals.

National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance

The National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance aims to inform policy and planning for immunisation services in Australia and to support initiatives in the surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, including disease surveillance, vaccine coverage and immunisation adverse events.

National Health and Medical Research Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council is Australia’s leading expert body promoting the development and maintenance of public and individual health standards.

National Institute of Clinical Studies

As part of the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Institute of Clinical Studies works to improve health care by getting the best available evidence from health and medical research into everyday practice.

NPS MedicineWise (NPS)

NPS MedicineWise (NPS) was established in 1998 to provide support to health practitioners to improve quality prescribing through education and prescriber feedback. Its goal is to improve the health of Australians through quality prescribing of medicines. NPS focuses on therapeutic areas where it has been shown that changes to prescribing can lead to better health outcomes for consumers.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule

The Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits provides a listing of the medicines subsidised by the Australian Government. The Schedule is part of the wider Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme administered by the Department of Health and Ageing and Medicare Australia.

Supply of medicines information to consumers

The Guiding Principles are intended to guide partners in the quality use of medicines in achieving continuity in medication management. They offer a systems approach to medication management, that is, they advocate a consistent and standard approach across all health care settings and health care providers. The audience for the Guiding Principles is the QUM partners, including government, health care professionals and providers, consumers and/or their carers, and others.

Guiding principle 7 – Supply of medicines information to consumers – provides guidance on the supply of medicines information to consumers and/or their carers, such as written material (e.g. Consumer Medicine Information), discharge/transfer medication record, information on the availability and future supply of medicines, medication counselling and any other information or medication aids considered necessary to support them in accessing and managing their medicines.

The National Return & Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Limited

Since 1998 the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project has provided for the collection and disposal of unwanted and out-of-date medicines from consumers across Australia. The RUM Project is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.

Therapeutic Goods Administration

The Therapeutic Goods Administration safeguards public health & safety in Australia by regulating medicines, medical devices, blood & tissues.

Therapeutic Guidelines

Therapeutic Guidelines Limited is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to deriving guidelines for therapy from the latest world literature, interpreted and distilled by Australia's most eminent and respected experts.

Veterans' Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (Veterans' MATES)

Veterans' MATES provides up-to-date health and medicine information for health professionals and veterans. A team of clinical experts contribute to the writing of this information which is specifically tailored for veterans and their health professionals.

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