Key messages

  • The Minister for Health can approve prescriber lists for certain registered health practitioners.
  • There are prescriber lists approved for nurse practitioners, authorised optometrists, authorised podiatrists and authorised registered midwives.

The Minister for Health can approve prescriber lists for certain registered health practitioners. Prescriber lists have been approved by the minister for:

  • nurse practitioners
  • authorised registered midwives 
  • authorised optometrists
  • authorised podiatrists.

Details on health practitioner registration can be obtained from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Submissions for approval by the minister are considered by the department’s Health Professions Drug Access Committee.

Nurse practitioners

From 1 July 2010, nurse practitioners in Victoria will have a notation on their national registration indicating a category or broad area of practice. This notation is for the purpose of authorisations under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 when they are working as a nurse practitioner in Victoria.

The notation is in one of the following eight nurse practitioner categories:

  • acute and supportive care
  • care of the older person or aged care
  • critical care
  • maternity care
  • mental health care
  • paediatric care
  • perioperative care
  • primary care.

Under s. 14A(1) of the Act, the Minister for Health has approved a list of Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 poisons or medicines (referred to as poisons or classes of poisons in the Act) for each nurse practitioner category.

The approved lists are available in 'Nurse practitioner authorisations'.

A nurse practitioner with a notation for that category can – while practising as a nurse practitioner in Victoria – lawfully possess, use, supply or prescribe the medicines on that list.

Each list is very broad and reflects potential prescribing practice across a variety of:

  • clinical domains
  • service models and settings
  • care continuums for that practice area.

As nurse practitioners are registered nurses, their practice will also be guided by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s professional practice framework, which details how professional decision making within a sound risk management, professional, regulatory and legislative framework is to be managed.

The scope of an individual nurse practitioner's prescribing practice is also supported by their employer's clinical governance framework.

Authorised registered midwives

Under s. 14a(1) of the Act, the Minister for Health has approved registered midwives whose registration is endorsed under section 94 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to possess, use or supply the following Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 poisons.

Schedule 2 poisons

  • clotrimazole
  • ibuprofen
  • miconazole
  • nystatin
  • paracetamol.

Schedule 3 poisons

  • adrenaline
  • chloramphenicol
  • clotrimazole
  • codeine
  • fluconazole
  • ibuprofen
  • levonorgestrel
  • miconazole
  • nystatin
  • paracetamol.

Schedule 4 poisons

  • benzylpenicillin
  • cabergoline
  • cephalexin
  • cephalothin
  • clindamycin
  • clotrimazole
  • diclofenac
  • domperidone
  • ethinyloestradiol
  • etonogestrel
  • flucloxacillin
  • fluconazole
  • hepatitis B vaccine
  • ibuprofen
  • immunoglobulins
  • influenza vaccine
  • levonorgestrel
  • lignocaine
  • lincomycin
  • medroxyprogesterone
  • metoclopramide
  • nitrofurantoin
  • nitrous oxide
  • norethisterone
  • ondansetron
  • vaccines.

Schedule 8 poisons

  • morphine.

Schedule 4 poisons for emergency and intrapartum use only

  • betamethasone
  • ergometrine
  • misoprostol
  • nifedipine
  • oxytocin.

This approval was published in the Victorian Government Gazette S410, 30 November 2012.

Authorised optometrists

Under s. 14A(1) of the Act, the Minister for Health has approved registered optometrists whose registration is endorsed by the Optometrists Board of Australia under s. 94 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 to possess, use or supply any Schedule 2, 3 and 4 poisons that are preparations for the topical use of the eye.

The approval takes effect from the date of publication in the Victorian Government Gazette G26, 1 July 2010.

Authorised podiatrist

Under s. 14A (1) of the Act, the Minister for Health has approved registered podiatrists whose registration is endorsed under section 94 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.to possess, use or supply the Schedule 2, 3 and 4 poisons listed in the following sections. These approvals are subject to any limitation that registered podiatrists have as part of their registration by the Podiatrists Board of Australia under s. 94 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009.

The approval takes effect from the date of publication in the Victorian Government Gazette G26, 1 July 2010.

Schedule 2 poisons

Podiatrists may prescribe the following Schedule 2 poisons:

  • amorolfine
  • aspirin
  • bifonazole
  • clotrimazole
  • codeine
  • desloratidine
  • diclofenac
  • econazole
  • hydrocortisone and hydrocortisone acetate
  • ibuprofen
  • ketoconazole
  • lignocaine
  • miconazole
  • nystatin
  • paracetamol
  • prilocaine
  • terbinafine.

Schedule 3 poisons

Podiatrists may prescribe the following Schedule 3 poisons:

  • amorolfine
  • codeine
  • diclofenac
  • hydrocortisone and hydrocortisone acetate
  • ibuprofen
  • promethazine.

Schedule 4 poisons

Podiatrists may prescribe the following Schedule 4 poisons. Note that some poisons have limitations:

  • adrenaline
  • amoxycillin
  • aspirin
  • betamethasone
  • bupivacaine
  • celecoxib
  • cephalexin
  • clavulanic acid
  • clindamycin
  • codeine
  • colchicine
  • desloratidine
  • desonide
  • dexamethasone
  • diclofenac
  • dicloxacillin
  • felypressin
  • flucloxacillin
  • griseofulvin
  • hydrocortisone
  • ibuprofen
  • indomethacin
  • ketorolac
  • levobupivacaine
  • lignocaine
  • lorazepam (limitation is one dose per treatment episode)
  • meloxicam
  • mepivacaine
  • methoxyflurane
  • methylprednisolone
  • metronidazole
  • mometasone furoate
  • mupirocin
  • naproxen
  • prilocaine
  • procaine
  • promethazine
  • ropivacaine
  • roxithromycin
  • silver sulfadiazine
  • sulindac
  • temazepam (limitation is one dose per treatment episode)
  • terbinafine
  • triamcinolone.

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