Key messages

  • All medical practitioners, nurse practitioners and pharmacists in all clinical settings, including hospitals, will have access to SafeScript to review prescription records of patients in their care.
  • From 1 April 2020 it will be mandatory to check SafeScript when supplying patients with a monitored medicine for use outside of hospital.
  • It will not be mandatory to check SafeScript when treating hospital inpatients.

While SafeScript is predominantly intended to support safe clinical practice in the primary care setting, hospital clinicians are encouraged to access the system to obtain information that may assist in the treatment of their patients.

Registration Training Setting up SafeScript

  • Is SafeScript available to health professionals in hospitals?

    All medical practitioners, nurse practitioners and pharmacists in all clinical settings, including hospitals, have access to SafeScript to review prescription records of patients in their care.

  • When will the use of SafeScript be mandatory for hospital clinicians?

    The use of SafeScript will not be mandatory when treating hospital in-patients, because medicines are administered under close supervision. However, clinicians may still check the system if they would like to view a patient's record to assist with their treatment.

    From 1 April 2020, hospital doctors, pharmacists and nurse practitioners will be required to use SafeScript when supplying patients with a monitored medicine for use outside of hospital – for example when supplying monitored medicines to outpatients or to patients being discharged from an emergency department or ward.

    The requirement to check SafeScript will apply to both paper-based and electronic prescriptions.

  • What records does SafeScript collect from hospitals?

    SafeScript provides clinicians with information on what high-risk medicines have been supplied to patients in the primary care setting.

    The department is working with hospital pharmacy vendors towards also capturing hospital outpatient and discharge prescription records.

    SafeScript does not collect records for medicines administered under close supervision to hospital inpatients.

  • How can prescribers and pharmacists in hospitals access SafeScript?

    Hospital prescribers and pharmacists can access SafeScript by logging into a secure web portal.

    Work is underway to develop a more integrated user experience for hospital clinicians, however, as health services are all at different stages of implementing fully electronic medication systems, this will be complex and may take some time.

  • How can prescribers and pharmacists in hospitals register for SafeScript?

    Online registration for access to SafeScript is open with an initial focus on the study area of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network. Provided that they have not unsubscribed from the process, all prescribers and pharmacist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be sent an email providing a link and further instructions on how to register for SafeScript.

    Alternatively, you can go to the SafeScript website at www.safescript.vic.gov.au now to register and follow the onscreen instructions to complete your registration.
  • What are the changes to the Schedule 8 permit and notification requirements for hospitals?

    The legislation to establish SafeScript included amendments to reduce the regulatory burden for hospital prescribers when treating patients with Schedule 8 medicines.

    These changes, in effect from 2 July 2018, include:

    • A permit is no longer required to treat a patient in a day procedure centre.
    • A permit is no longer required to treat a patient in an emergency department.
    • A permit is no longer required when prescribing up to seven days’ supply on discharge
    • Notification of a drug dependent person is no longer required (for Schedule 8 medicines and Schedule 4 drugs of dependence).