Insights Categories: Compliance

Feb 29, 2016

INSIGHT: The changing state of play: The natural evolution of the professional regulation of pharmacy

The revised suite of Guidelines issued by the Pharmacy Board of Australia (National Board) came into force on 7 December 2015. It is important that employee and locum pharmacists are aware of the revised Guidelines for Proprietor Pharmacists. The reason for this is twofold: first, it is important to have a working knowledge of how the […]

Feb 17, 2016

INSIGHT: Storage and prescribing of medication in the dental surgery

A dental scenario: A dental assistant, at the dentist’s direction, supplied an anxious patient with Serepax (oxazepam) prior to surgical extraction of a tooth. An entry was made in the electronic records that Serapax had been given including details of date and time the medication was provided. However, the dental assistant who entered the notes […]

Jan 22, 2016

INSIGHT: Fast-tracked orthodontic treatments give rise to informed consent and scope of practice issues

Dental scenario: A patient raised concerns about his smile during a routine consultation with his general dentist. He wanted to improve the alignment of his front teeth and to have his upper central incisors moved inwards. He had seen advertising regarding some proprietary fast-tracked orthodontic treatments and enquired about options. The practitioner discussed the option […]

Oct 16, 2015

INSIGHT: Schedule 8 medications: A disturbing trend in storage and record keeping

The Victoria Pharmacy Authority (VPA) has revealed that …a disturbing number of pharmacists continue to ignore requirements for secure storage and maintenance of accurate records for Schedule 8 poisons. At its August meeting the Authority reaffirmed its prior decision to convene Panel Hearings following cases of alleged serious breaches of Schedule 8 poisons legislation (VPA […]

Sep 23, 2015

INSIGHT: A reminder of what is notifiable conduct, and the consequences of failing to notify

On 4 February 2015 the ACT Civil & Administrative Tribunal found a medical practitioner had breached section 141 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT) by failing to notify the Medical Board of Australia of Notifiable Conduct of another practitioner. The following facts were agreed: Dr A, a medical practitioner, owned a clinic and […]

Aug 20, 2014

INSIGHT: New office aims to improve johnson v triple c process in Queensland

Queensland’s new independent health complaints agency, the Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO), commenced operation on 1 July this year. Replacing the Health Quality and Complaints Commission (HQCC), all health complaints in Queensland must now be directed to the OHO for investigation. The OHO will deal with any active health complaints previously with the HQCC. […]

Apr 8, 2014

INSIGHT: Pharmacy alert: maintaining script certifications

Pharmacists in Victoria are governed by a number of different pieces of legislation and associated regulations. This article warns pharmacists not to overlook their obligations under section 32(4)(c) of the Pharmacy Regulation Act 2010 (Vic). Section 32 of the Act relates to a pharmacist’s obligation to keep accurate records of dispensed prescriptions (and details the […]

Dec 2, 2013

INSIGHT: Health professionals: Are you complying with your obligations?

The Department of Human Services has released its Compliance Program for the next two financial years (2013–2015), setting out its proposed strategies for assisting recipients, health professionals and businesses to comply with their obligations when receiving services or payments. This information is important for many health professionals, who deal with the Department on a regular […]

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