AMA opposes nurse prescribing proposal

4 Oct 2018

The AMA has made a submission to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency explaining that it cannot support the proposal from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to introduce registered nurse prescribing as it currently stands.  The proposal details the introduction of a pathway for registered nurses to train and apply for endorsement to prescribe scheduled medicines under the supervision of an authorised prescriber.

In the submission, the AMA argues that the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has not yet made a good case for the benefits of registered nurses prescribing, or the need to change current prescribing restrictions.

The AMA has also expressed a concern about the lack of evidence to support such changes, while many studies detail that non-medical prescribers actually prescribe more, intensify doses, and use a greater variety of medications.

More details can be found here.

Read the submission here.