Feb 042016

To ensure that you have currency of information in respect to the legislation about medication management in aged care, it is useful to access the health.vic website where the Victorian State Government has developed a hub for health services.
The site provides a wealth of information as well as clearly details a number of medicine management areas including nursing roles and responsibilities, medication delegation and supervision, storage and security of medicines and procedural practices related to different drug schedules.
If you access the web page https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/drugs-and-poisons/medication-management-in-aged-care this information is available for your reading and review. The site also provides a resource kit that was developed specifically to support residential aged care homes in meeting their medication management requirements.

If you are seeking information in relation to specific medicine schedules, maybe advice about how they are classified in relation to the Drug, Poisons and Controlled Substances legislation, then I would suggest exploring the information detailed at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/drugs-and-poisons/scheduled%20medicines
Remember, overall the classification of medicines and poisons into schedules is the responsibility of Therapeutics Goods Administration (better known as TGA) which is a strategic part of the Australian Government, Department of Health. Using the The Poisons Standard or SUSMP (Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons) decisions are be made in respect to the classification of medicines and poisons. Strategic inclusion in these decisions are the safe use and storage of medicines, preventing overuse and abuse of medicines and related poisons, as well as overall supporting and maintaining the health and wellbeing of the individual and the community.
Through The Poisons Standard being a national legislative document, consistency in relation to the classifications of medicines and poisons is provided across all Australian States and Territories. In turn this also supports the directives and instruction that must be followed in relation to prescribing, dispensing and administration as detailed by relevant State and Territory legislation in their respective documents.
To learn more about the scheduling of medicines and/or The Poisons Standard go to https://www.tga.gov.au/publication/poisons-standard-susmp

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