Department of Health

Key messages

The clinician provides a complete list of a patient’s medicines to the receiving clinician and patient when handing over care or changing medicines.

National Standard

The Australian Quality and Safety Health Service Standard 4.12 requires that health services ensure that a comprehensive list of medicines  together with reasons for changes are provided to the patient and the receiving clinician during clinical handovers.

The National Standards in Mental Health Services require that the mental health service facilitates continuity of integrated care across programs, sites and other related services with appropriate communication, documentation and evaluation to meet the identified needs of consumers and carers.

The national medication management plan is a standardised form that can be used by nursing, medical, pharmacy and allied health staff to record the medicines taken prior to presentation at the hospital and for reconciling patients’ medicines on admission, intra-hospital transfer and at discharge. There is a designated section on this form to capture information about changes to medicines.

Reviewed 18 February 2016


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