SafeScript is computer software that allows prescription records for certain high-risk medicines to be transmitted in real-time to a centralised database which can then be accessed by doctors (or nurse practitioners) and pharmacists during a consultation.
From April 2020 it will be mandatory in Victoria for all prescribers and pharmacists to check SafeScript prior to writing or dispensing a prescription for a high-risk medicine. There is a view to roll out SafeScript nationally.
This webinar is designed to assist GPs understand SafeScript and their future obligations regarding its use.
These webinars are presented as part of the monthly RACGP eHealth Webinar Series. All webinars are free of charge.
Register at: https://www.racgp.org.au/running-a-practice/technology/workplace-technologies/racgp-ehealth-webinar-series
Relevance to General Practice
The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Real-time Prescription Monitoring) Act 2017, which enabled the implementation of SafeScript, came into operation on 2 July 2018.
This act places obligations on all GPs who prescribing high-risk medications. From April 2020 it will be mandatory in Victoria for all prescribers and pharmacists to check SafeScript prior to writing or dispensing a prescription for such medications.
Checking of SafeScript information enables GPs and other prescribers and dispenses to make safer clinical decisions and patients may be receiving high-risk medications beyond medical needs.
- Describe the SafeScript system and relevant legislation
- Articulate SafeScript obligations when prescribing or dispensing high-risk medications from 2020
- Describe how SafeScript integrates into general practice workflow
- Identify the different notifications within SafeScript and what action is required for each
- Implement effective strategies when discussing, and managing the prescription of, high-risk medications
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
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