Updated guiding principles to improve medication management

The Hon Mark Butler MP

Minister for Health and Aged Care

The Department of Health and Aged Care, in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, have updated national guiding principles to improve the quality and safety of medication management for all Australians.

The focus is on residential aged care facilities, the community, and on supporting continuity of care at transitions points in care, when patients move between different parts of the health and care system, such as when they leave hospital.

The guiding principles support the Government’s response to improved medication management in aged care, which was a major focus of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care led the review, collaborating closely with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission. Public consultation included more than 80 peak organisations and experts involved in medication management, individuals receiving care, and healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, doctors and pharmacists.

The updated guiding principles align with Australia’s National Medicines Policy, which is currently being reviewed. The guiding principles will be available from today on the Department of Health and Aged Care website. They can be found under the National Medicine Policy resources collection.

Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:

“The Government is strongly committed to making sure medicines are used safely and in a way that improves the health and wellbeing of all Australians.”

“The guiding principles will play a key role in shaping future medication management practices in aged care, for the benefit of patients.”

Quote attributable to Minister Wells:

“These updated guiding principles will support safe, high quality use of medications for all Australians, particularly those receiving aged care.”

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