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139568 - SafeScript – Challenging conversations: high-risk medicines, dependence and your patient - Online Learning Module

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To provide prescribers and pharmacists with an overview of SafeScript, why it is being implemented, what medicines will be monitored and what the system will mean in practice.

Relevance to General Practice

Misuse of prescription medicines is a growing concern and contributes to a substantial proportion of overdose deaths in Australia. Of the 477 overdose deaths recorded in Victoria in 2016, pharmaceutical medicines contributed to 78% (372), while illicit drugs contributed to 54% (257). 
To help improve patient safety and reduce the growing harms from high-risk prescription medicines, the Victorian Government has implemented SafeScript: A computer software that allows prescribing records and pharmacy dispensing records for certain medicines to be transmitted in real-time to a centralised database which can then be accessed by doctors and pharmacists during a consultation. 
There is a need for GPs to learn about why SafeScript has been introduced, how it integrates into their prescribing workflow, and to be aware of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. This module provides an overview of this information, to enable GPs to incorporate SafeScript into their clinical practice.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify the elements of best practice communication that consider the individual needs of patients when discussing high-risk prescription medicines.
  • Apply effective communication strategies and techniques to explain the risks of long-term use and dependence before prescribing high-risk medicines.
  • Implement policies, set behaviour standards and use de-escalation techniques to reduce risks for health professionals and patients in challenging situation.
  • Determine best practice follow-up protocols for patients who have high-risk use or are dependent on high-risk medicines. These may include specialist referrals.
  • Delivery
    Title
    139568 - SafeScript – Challenging conversations: high-risk medicines, dependence and your patient - Online Learning Module
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hour
    Start Date
    14-Aug-2018
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD Points
    1 hour
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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