Electronic prescribing

What is electronic prescribing?

Electronic prescribing allows for the prescribing and dispensing of medicines without the need for a paper prescription, which can improve efficiency and medicines safety.

Electronic prescribing is an initiative as part of the National Health Plan. It was originally due to be rolled out next year, but its delivery has been progressed to support telehealth consultations and help protect healthcare providers and patients from infectious disease, in this case COVID-19, by removing the need to present to your GP in person to get a prescription.

How does it work?

Instead of a paper prescription, the patient can choose to receive their prescription via an app, SMS or email in the form of a link to a unique QR code or ‘token’.

The token is scanned by the pharmacist to unlock the electronic form of the prescription from an encrypted and secure electronic prescription delivery service. If the patient has a repeat for a prescription, they will receive a new token from the pharmacy that replaces the original token.

By the end of the year, pharmacy will also be able to access and dispense from an ‘active script list’, which provides a list of all the patient’s current prescriptions, including repeats.

When will electronic prescribing be available?

Electronic prescribing will be progressively available from the end of May 2020.

Introduction to electronic prescribing on demand webinar – coming soon


Dr David Adam – Member, RACGP Expert Committee – Practice Technology and Management.

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Throughout June 2020

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Registration link available 27 May 2020 onwards

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