Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) is one of the central objectives of Australia’s National Medicines Policy.

Medication-related harm is estimated to be responsible for two to three per cent of all Australian hospital admissions, with this figure rising substantially in people aged over 65 years. QUM aims to reduce preventable harm and improve health outcomes through:

  • judicious selection of medicines, recognising there may be non-medicinal alternatives
  • when prescribing or recommending a medicine, taking into account factors such as the clinical condition being treated; risks and benefits of treatment; dosage; duration of therapy; cost; and the needs and preferences of the individual being treated
  • safety of use - assessing and minimising possibilities for overuse and underuse
  • efficacy - the medicines used must achieve the desired improvement in health outcomes.

Current target areas

  • Improved Pain Management in primary care
  • Screening and increased treatment uptake for Hepatitis C
  • Improved management of high risk medicines including – opioids, benzodiazepines, Z-drugs, quetiapine

Quality Use of Medicines resources

NPS MedicineWise

NPS MedicineWise

Facilitators

Current topic

Practice visit or education session bookings

SafeScript

SafeScript

Choosing Wisely

Choosing Wisely

HealthPathways

HealthPathways

Project ECHO Project ECHO      

Project Echo

For further information or support

Pene Wood, Quality Use of Medicines Lead

pene.wood@westvicphn.com.au

03 5444 0809