NSW Medication Management Strategy
The Statewide Medication Strategy Coordination Committee was established in December 2009 to take responsibility for the strategic coordination of activities being undertaken by NSW Health to deliver safe, effective and cost efficient use of medications across NSW Health.
The Chair is Dr Tim Smyth, Deputy Director-General Health System Quality, Performance and Innovation, NSW Department of Health. The Committee is:
- Providing a coordination point for actions being undertaken by the Medication Safety Expert Advisory Committee, the Clinical Pharmacy Model Committee and the Pharmacy Reform Program.
- Developing and updating a NSW Health Medication Management Forward Plan
- Supporting and informing the development of an electronic medication management IT business case for submission to NSW Treasury as part of the NSW Health ICT strategy
- Developing a communication strategy in conjunction with Health Media and Communications to ensure that NSW Health staff and external stakeholders are informed and engaged in the Forward Plan.
The Committee has developed a high level Mapping Medication Management Forward Plan and NSW Medication Management Program Outline to advise NSW health services about state activities in the area of medication management. The outline document will encourage alignment between local and state initiatives.
NSW Medication Management Program Outline and the Mapping Medication Management Forward Plan (PDF)
NSW Medication Management Action Plan
Recently the Department has completed the NSW Medication Management Action Plan (PDF) to coordinate resources and provide guidance to stakeholders around the next steps in achieving the New South Wales medication management goal of a safe, efficient and sustainable medication management system that provides quality of care to each consumer, ensuring the right medicine at the right time with no avoidable adverse effects.