The ageing population is a global phenomenon and the percentage of the population aged 65+ is rising in all OECD countries. In Australia, it is expected that the percentage of all Australians 65+ will increase from 13.5% to 22.6% by 2050 (AIHW, 2010, & COA,2010).
This significant growth and the changing patterns of disease will result in an increased prevalence of chronic illness and disability and a significant demand for health and aged care services.
Residential In-reach Program - for residents in aged care facilities
The Barwon Health Residential In-reach Program aims to prevent avoidable presentations to the Emergency Department if timely and appropriate care can be provided in the aged care facility. The Residential In-reach program includes a Medical Team, referring to the Geriatrician and accessing medical care by Telehealth.
For further information please see In-Reach Program flyer
National Residential Medication Chart - NRMC
What is it?
The NRMC is a medication chart developed for use throughout the residential aged care sector. It has been designed to improve medication safety for residents, and to minimise the administrative burden of prescribers, aged care staff, and pharmacists when ordering, administering and supplying medicines. Read more
What medicines will be covered?
When using a compliant medication chart, most PBS medicines will be able to be supplied and claimed without having to seek a written prescription. However, the following will still require a prescription:
- Non-Streamlined Authority items
- Authorities for increased quantities/repeats (including Streamlined Authority items)
- Section 100 medicines (e.g. Highly Specialised Drugs)
- Schedule 8 / Controlled Drugs
- Extemporaneously compounded medicines
- Medicines ordered by phone or fax from the prescriber directly to the pharmacist
For more information refer here
Letter to Pharmacies and RACFs Minister of Health (Hon David Davis) 29/10/2014
LASA Vic - 30/10/2014
Australian government/Comm Law - National Health (Residential Medication Chart) Determination 2012
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