AMA submission to Medication chart consultation paper

17 May 2011

The AMA supports the introduction of a system to allow medication charts in residential aged care facilities to be used as a prescription for PBS purposes. This has the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of providing medical care to aged care residents and increase medication safety. A project to develop this system is being funded as one of several programs under the Fifth Pharmacy Agreement. The AMA has made a submission to the Department of Health and Ageing in response to a consultation paper released as part of the initial stages of the project. The submission attaches a list of key principles the AMA considers should form the basis of implementing the chart-based prescribing system.