Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice

Part A - Clinical Governance Framework

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Last revised: 01 Nov 2019


Witnessing the growing problem of prescription drug deaths in Australia is confronting for those of us dedicated to good health outcomes for our patients. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is determined to take a proactive role in addressing this problem.

Our concerns about mortality and morbidity in this area are echoed by the broader health sector, health authorities and consumer groups.

Prescription drug harms and deaths touch the lives of men and women of all ages and all demographics. Unfortunately, appropriate primary and secondary services to address problematic drug use are often not given high priority by society or governments.

This problem does not have a quick solution. The issues are complex and will require a coordinated effort to resolve effectively.

General practice is not solely responsible for managing this problem, but it is an issue in our consulting rooms that we need to address.

This guide on clinical governance is a starting place for general practice to be a solution to problematic prescription drug use.