Home' Australian Pharmacist : Australian Pharmacist July 2016 Contents Australian Pharmacist July 2016 I © Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Ltd.
PSA Offshore Refresher
To download a copy of the expression of interest
brochure please visit www.psa.org.au/refresher
24 APRIL–1 MAY
27 APRIL–1 MAY
Denise L Hope, BPharm, MMedRes, GradCertHigherEd;
Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Griffith University,
Steven T Dickfos, BSc (Oceanography), BPharmaceutSci,
MPharm; Flight Lieutenant, Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF), Canberra, Australia.
Michelle A King, BPharm, PhD (Med); Senior Lecturer,
Menzies Health Institute Queensland and School of
Pharmacy, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
» LEGAL GEMS
Eligible midwife prescribing
BY DENISE L HOPE, STEVEN DICKFOS & MICHELLE KING
Eligible midwife prescribing was introduced in 2010. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) defines
a national prescribing formulary of specific S2, S3, S4 and S8 medicines, within the scope of practice of eligible
midwives with a scheduled medicines endorsement.
Authorised midwives can become PBS
prescribers, accessing only a limited PBS
Midwife prescribing must also
comply with relevant state and territory
legislation. While primary legislation of
NSW3(s17A(2)), the Northern Territory4(s81,
s83) and South Australia5(s18, s18A) reflect
the national NMBA formulary, the ACT
allows eligible midwives to prescribe
only the PBS listed medicines from the
6(Part 1.5) Victoria has a specific
sub‐list of the NMBA formulary.
Queensland legislation authorises the
NMBA formulary however restricts
eligible midwives from prescribing S8
medication.8(s167A) Tasmanian legislation
authorises eligible midwives to prescribe
limited S4 medicines and only obtain,
possess and administer certain S8s,
which are each defined in separate
10(Sch.1, Sch.2) In Western Australia,
eligible midwives can prescribe from the
NMBA formulary but must administer the
S8 medicine/s that they prescribe.
(b)) Pharmacists should be aware, that
even if midwife items are PBS listed, the
legal right to prescribe and prescription
validity depend on the state and
territory of practice. Pharmacists are
well positioned to professionally assist
eligible midwives in understanding
and complying with relevant state and
territory prescribing legislation.
1. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Prescribing
Formulary for Eligible Midwives with a Scheduled Medicines
Endorsement. 2016. At: www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/
Prescribing-Formulary.aspx. Accessed 8 Jun 2016.
2. Australian Government Department of Health. Midwife PBS
Prescribing. 2016. At: www.pbs.gov.au/browse/midwife.
Accessed 8 Jun 2016.
3. New South Wales Government. Poisons and Therapeutic
Goods Act 1966 2016. At: www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/#/view/
act/1966/31. Accessed 8 Jun 2016.
4. Northern Territory of Australia. Medicines, Poisons and
Therapeutic Goods Act 2016. 2016. At: http://notes.nt.gov.au/
Flood fails to stop deliveries
Northern Tasmanian pharmacies were able to continue to care for patients
through the height of the flood crisis last month thanks to Symbion staff –
even as their own workplace and homes came under threat.
As the floodwaters rose around Launceston,
Symbion staff worked to prevent the delay
or cancellation of deliveries of critical
medicines and products.
Brett Barons, General Manager of
Symbion Pharmacy said: ‘The situation in
Tasmania was developing very rapidly,
and we could have made the decision
to cancel our deliveries and hope that
customers had enough stock to cope.
However, our staff has a very real sense
of the important role they play in patient
care and they were determined to push
through and get the job done. It was a
fantastic achievement under some pretty
For State Operations Manager Gavin
Brown and his team, it was a non‐stop
‘As the emergency was developing,
we started monitoring the alerts and
sent our nightly vehicle off earlier in the
afternoon to make it to Launceston before
any planned road closures due to the
pending high tide,’ Gavin said.
‘We shifted stock to other locations in
case certain areas of the State became
cut off, and we made other contingency
plans to ensure we had ready supply of
products. We also monitored the rising
waters so we could reroute our deliveries
around the affected areas or, where it was
still safe to do so, our drivers forged their
way through the torrents of water running
across the roads.’
Links Archive Australian Pharmacist June 2016 Australian Pharmacist August 2016 Navigation Previous Page Next Page