Victoria’s real-time prescription monitoring tool, SafeScript, is available statewide.
Its aim is to reduce increasing misuse and harm from high-risk prescription medicines. Deaths from prescription medicines now exceed those from illicit drugs and road accidents.
About the tool
The tool allows prescription records for certain high-risk medicines to be transmitted in real-time to a central database for monitoring. The tool can be accessed by doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists during consultations with patients.
Prescribers and pharmacists will use SafeScript to:
- make safer clinical decisions
- identify patients potentially receiving high-risk medicines beyond medical need.
Which medicines are monitored?
SafeScript monitors prescription medicines causing the greatest harm to Victorians. This includes all Schedule 8 medicines and high-risk Schedule 4 medicines such as benzodiazepines, zolpidem and zopiclone, quetiapine and codeine. A full list is available on the health.vic website.
Registering for SafeScript is a quick, four step process. You can find information on how to register on the SafeScript website.
For training on how to use SafeScript, visit the Victorian and Tasmanian PHN Alliance SafeScript Training Hub.
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network SafeScript training (May 2019)
GP Clinical Advisory Service
Dean Membrey and Dr Sarah Cush are your trained GP clinical advisors from the General Practitioner Clinical Advisory Service (GPCAS), a program established as part of SafeScript.
The GP Clinical Advisory Service provides peer-to-peer support in safe prescribing of high risk medications, particularly opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines.
To discuss any patient concerns with your local GPCAS peer, please call the Drug and Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS) on 1800 812 804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to speak to a GP clinical advisor.
For more information go to dacas.org.au/clinical-resources/gpcas