Use of medicines is one of the most common therapeutic interventions in Australian hospitals. It is also one of the most complex, with delivery of each dose of medicine involving as many as 30 steps and almost as many people. Due to their complexity, medicines are associated with a higher incidence of errors and adverse events than other healthcare interventions. The Medication Safety team supports the safe and quality use of medicines by identifying and addressing emerging medication safety risks as well as monitoring, evaluating and optimising medicines use across NSW.
Medicines and Therapeutics Optimisation
The Medicines and Therapeutics Optimisation work supports the development, implementation, and evaluation of activities to improve optimisation of therapeutics across NSW.
Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS)
Promoting the quality use of antimicrobials and assisting facilities in implementing local AMS initiatives.
Continuity of Medication Management (CMM)
Ensuring all components of medication management are completed and accurate information is communicated.