The legislative requirements for possessing, prescribing, supplying and using Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 medicines for registered health practitioners are contained in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017.
The health practitioners covered in this section include:
- Medical practitioners
- Nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners and other endorsed nurses
- Dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists
- Optometrists, authorised optometrists and orthoptists
- Podiatrists and authorised podiatrists
- Veterinary practitioners.
Practitioners may have different legislative requirements and responsibilities, and different lists of approved medicines, depending on their profession and scope of practice.
Medical practitioners and lawful treatment
Legislative requirements for the prescription and supply of medicines by medical practitioners.
Nurses and midwives
Including registered nurses and midwives whose registration is endorsed to use, prescribe or supply Schedule 2, 3, 4 or 8 medicines.
Dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists
Legislative requirements for dentists plus authorisation for dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists.
Optometrists and orthoptists
Legislative requirements for optometrists and authorised optometrists plus authorisation for orthoptists.
Reviewed 01 December 2022