To improve medication management and quality use of medicines for patients moving between the hospital and community, the South Australian and Australian governments have worked together to implement pharmaceutical reforms.
The key objectives of the reforms are:
to provide patients with up to one months supply of medications on discharge, and when attending a public hospital as an outpatient
to allow public hospitals to access the same pharmaceutical scheme that operates in the community, and thereby reducing patient confusion about medications
to restore equity between public and private hospital patients by allowing access to a group of chemotherapy medications for use by day-admitted patients and outpatients
to improve communication between the hospital, patients and primary health care professionals by implementing the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council’s (APAC) guiding principles to achieve continuity in medication management
to promote a smooth transition between hospital and community by allowing sufficient time for patient information sent from hospitals to reach primary health care professionals before patients attend for their first post-hospital visit.
The following hospitals are participating in these pharmaceutical reforms in South Australia:
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Flinders Medical Centre
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre
Noarlunga Health Service
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Women’s and Children’s Hospital
St Margaret’s Hospital
Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service
Port Augusta Hospital and Regional Health Services
Port Pirie Hospital and Regional Health Service
Whyalla Hospital and Health Service
Riverland General Hospital
Port Lincoln Health Service.
Pharmaceutical reform: policy for public hospitals directive
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