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Prescribing and dispensing using the PBS Hospital Medication Chart

The PBS Hospital Medication Chart published by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care may be used as a form of prescription under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.

The PBS Hospital Medication Chart may be used at a private health facility licensed under the Private Health Facilities Act 2007. Prescribing and dispensing of both Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medications and non-PBS medicines is allowed.

The forms of PBS Hospital Medication Chart eligible for use are available from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Information on the use of the PBS Hospital Medication Chart are available for prescribers and pharmacists.

For further information on the PBS Hospital Medication Chart contact the Duty Pharmaceutical Officer at the Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit, NSW Ministry of Health by telephone on (02) 9391 9944 or email pharmserv@doh.health.nsw.gov.au.

Medication handling in NSW public health facilities

The policy Medication Handling in NSW Public Health Facilties [PD2013_043] consolidates best practice principles on medication procurement, storage, prescribing, supplying, dispensing and administration at NSW public health facilities with the requirements of the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 and the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008, NSW Health policies and NSW Health directives relevant to medication handling.

Best practice principles are adopted from recognised standards, such as those published by health practitioner organisations, NSW government departments, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and the Commonwealth Department of Health.

The policy applies to all public health organisation health facilities including hospitals, institutions, clinical services, outpatient clinics, community health centres, day centres and domiciliary services within the NSW Health system’s jurisdiction.

The policy does not apply to medication handling and administration by paramedics and flight nurses employed by NSW Ambulance, which is instead mandated in a separate Medications Management Standard Operating Policy endorsed by the service’s Chief Executive.​

Page Updated: Tuesday 13 August 2019
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