The approved provider of the aged care service is responsible, under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981, for ensuring that a Registered Nurse manages the administration of medication to residents receiving high-level residential care.
The nurse is required to manage the medication in accordance with guidelines, if any, issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
In aged care residential facilities receiving high-level residential care, residents may be prescribed scheduled medicines that need to be stored, recorded and managed for administration as per legal requirements.
2010 Legislative changes
On 1 July 2010, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law was implemented. The new scheme includes new national boards, which required the Victorian legislation to be changed.
Residential aged care: medicine storage and record keeping
In Victoria, approved residential aged care providers must follow storage and record-keeping requirements for Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 medicine.
Aged care medication management resource kit
A resource kit was developed to help residential aged care services meet their medication management requirements.
Reviewed 07 October 2015