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SafeScript – real-time prescription monitoring prescriber and pharmacist training project

The Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) catchment will be the study area for the Victorian Government’s real-time prescription monitoring system called SafeScript. This follows the announcement, in 2017, of Western Victoria PHN leading a consortium to develop and deliver training and education on the system for doctors and pharmacists across the state.

Real-time prescription monitoring is a clinical decision support system that will allow doctors and pharmacists to access an up-to-the-minute medicines supply history of certain high-risk medicines for their patient at the point of consultation.

The SafeScript system is accompanied by a range of initiatives to support and prepare patients and health professionals for the implementation of SafeScript. This will include:

  • A public awareness campaign to inform the general public of SafeScript and to improve the understanding of the risks associated with some prescription medicines
  • Training for prescribers and pharmacists, on how to more safely prescribe and dispense high risk medications and respond to the needs of patients.