The ability to administer drugs/medication in emergency situations can be critical to a good outcome in remote locations and for survival for immediate life threatening events even in metropolitan locations.
What we might call medication may be referred to as drugs, medicines, substances and poisons.
All states and territories in Australia have legislation related to drugs and poisons that are listed in the Australian Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons.
The substances listed are known as ‘scheduled’ substances, and legislative controls for these medicines and poisons vary according to their risk. The legislative controls may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Some of these controls include
- Defining who is authorised to possess certain scheduled substances
- Regulations for prescribing, supply and use of scheduled medicines
- Requirements for the storage of scheduled substances
It is crucial to understand the licensing requirements for each state and territory particularly if working across borders to ensure there is no breach of your licence. If you operate in multiple jurisdictions you or your medical provider will require a separate licence for each.
Sitemed is able to assist sites with their applications and or if applicable can hold a poisons permit on behalf of your site depending on local legislation.
We provide consultation services and ongoing support to ensure you comply with your licence terms such as
- Undertaking a site medical risk assessment to determine recommended drug list to hold onsite based on risk and competency of site staff to give drugs
- Assessing competency of your site staff to give medications of drugs safely
- On call 24/7 medical officer (a condition of licence may be the requirement to consult with a doctor prior to giving a drug)
- Providing site procedures for the delivery of medication, storage, recording and disposal of medication
- Ongoing professional development/competency/skill training
- Protocols for introduction of new drugs