Department of Health

Key messages

The clinical workforce informs patients about their options, risks and responsibilities for an agreed medication management plan.

National standards

The Australian Quality and Safety Health Service Standard 4.13 requires that the clinical workforce informs patients and carers about medication treatment options, benefits and associated risks.

The Australian Quality and Safety Health Service Standard 4.14 requires that a medication management plan is developed in partnership with patients and carers.

The Australian Quality and Safety Health Service Standard 4.15 requires that current medicines information is provided to patients in a format that meets their needs whenever new medicines are prescribed.

The National Standards in Mental Health Services (10.5.3) require that the mental health service provides the consumer and their carer(s) with information on the range and implications of available therapies.

The National Standards in Mental Health Services (10.5.8) require that the views of consumers and their carer(s) and the history of previous treatment is considered and documented prior to administration of new medication and/or other technologies.

The National Standards in Mental Health Services (10.5.10) require that mental health services ensure that medicine and/or therapies when required, are only used as part of a documented continuum of treatment strategies.

The National Standards in Mental Health Services (10.5.7) actively promote adherence to evidence based treatments through negotiation and the provision of understandable information to the consumer.

Further information

Program Manager, Medicines in Mental Health and Wellbeing on 03 9096 7540

Reviewed 18 February 2016

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