Department of Health

Registered nurses and midwives are authorised (under the regulations) to possess scheduled medicines for administration to specific patients under their care in accordance with the lawful instructions and authorisation of a registered health practitioner who is authorised to prescribe or supply the medicine.

Note: Nurses and midwives may also be authorised to assist a patient in the administration of scheduled medicines that have been lawfully supplied to that patient (e.g. on prescription) in the same manner as another agent or carer who is not a nurse or midwife.

Approved by the Secretary - additional authorisation for some nurses and midwives

The department's Secretary has also approved the possession and administration of specific medicines, by suitably trained nurses and midwives, in specified circumstances or in accordance with the conditions of a Health Services Permit of an employer.

Nurse practitioners and other registration endorsements

Nurses and midwives, whose registration is endorsed under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (s. 94 or s. 95), may be authorised (under the Act) to possess, supply, administer (and possibly prescribe) scheduled medicines in the lawful practice of their profession. Details of nurse registration endorsements can be obtained from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

On 23 July 2020 the Minister for Health revoked all categories of nurse practitioner and their associated lists of medicines, by notice published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

On 23 July 2020 the Minister for Health approved for a nurse practitioner or a class of nurse practitioner authorised under section 13(1)(ba) of the Act to use, sell or supply any Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 poison or class of Schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 poison in the lawful practice of his or her profession as a nurse practitioner, by notice published in the Victoria Government Gazette.

Notices are published in the Victoria Government Gazette G29 23 July 2020 page 1428.

Reviewed 07 October 2015

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Contact details

Postal address: Medicines and Poisons Regulation Department of Health GPO Box 4057 Melbourne VIC 3001

Medicines and Poisons Regulation Department of Health

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