Victorian Bushfires

The Victorian Government has announced that it will be enabling Victorian pharmacists to dispense up to a month's supply of medicines to people affected by Victorian bushfires.

A public health emergency order is in place until midnight 1 April. The order will enable the supply of prescription medicines from a community pharmacy in emergencies for people affected by the Victorian bushfires. The usual arrangements for 3-day supply and continued dispensing remain in place.

This enables people to receive the medicines they need if they are affected by fires, especially if they are in towns with limited access or where evacuation orders are in place.

Pharmacists and prescribers are reminded that SafeScript, a new system providing prescription information to enable the safer supply of high-risk medicines, is now available in Victoria.

Advice for pharmacists supplying medicines to patients in areas affected by Victorian Bushfires

Ensuring continued access to affordable PBS medicines for those impacted by bushfires (at Australian Department of Health)

Medicine donations for treatment of wildlife

The Department of Health and Human Services helps protect the community from the potential harm of medicines and chemicals. It does this by setting boundaries for the safe storage, prescribing, supply and use of medicines and chemicals. These boundaries are set out in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and Regulations 2017.

The department educates organisations and health practitioners on the lawful storage, prescribing and supply of medicines and chemicals. It also monitors and acts on non-compliance.

Victorian drugs and poisons legislation is applicable to the substances that are listed in the Australian Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons.

These are known as ‘scheduled’ substances, and legislative controls for these medicines and poisons vary according to their risk. Some of these controls include:

  • defining who is authorised to possess certain scheduled substances
  • regulations for prescribing, supply and use of scheduled medicines
  • requirements for the storage of scheduled substances.

GP Clinical Advisory Service

The GP Clinical Advisory Service is a peer to peer service helping Victorian GPs support patients with high-risk prescription medication concerns and complex needs.