Department of Health

Key messages

  • Quality use of medicines (QUM) optimises better health outcomes through safe and effective medicine use.
  • An effective QUM program requires a risk management approach to medicine use.
  • QUM is an international, national and state collaborative concern.

Victoria, along with all other states and territories, works closely with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), the government agency charged with leading and coordinating national improvements in safety and quality in healthcare across Australia.

ACSQHC recognises improving medication safety and quality as one of its priorities and as a national standard - National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 4 - Medication Safety.

Victorian QUM program

The Victorian program represents the state government on QUM-related matters, and contributes to both state and national QUM efforts. The program consults with international, national (ACSQHC) and statewide patient safety bodies, our ministers and Victorian health services to develop strategy and policy on QUM.

The QUM program's key priorities for ensuring safe, effective and appropriate medicines use are:

  • standardisation of systems for safe prescribing, administration and supply of medicines throughout the medication management cycle
  • analysis of data, identifying risks and recommending actions
  • feedback to and from health services and local, national and international bodies on QUM initiatives
  • risk management.

QUM initiatives

The QUM program addresses the identified priorities of systems standardisation, analysis of data, stakeholder feedback and risk management including:

  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • high-risk medicines
  • the National Inpatient Medication Chart
  • QUM indicators
  • national labelling recommendations
  • medication reconciliation.

QUM and consumer information

For consumer medicines information, see the NPS MedicineWise website.

Reviewed 05 October 2015


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