SafeScript NSW


A series of three modules to train prescribers and pharmacists on the use of the New South Wales SafeScript system. The first module details the functionality of real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM) and its safety benefits. The second module has a focus on safe and appropriate dispensing of high-risk medicines, and managing concerns about patient safety regarding the use of high-risk medicines. The third module details best practice communication strategies to help prepare for conversations with patients about high-risk medicines.

Although we recommend attempting these modules in sequential order, it is possible to complete the modules in any order and still earn the allocated CPD credit, provided you pass each assessment with a score of 80% or higher.


Target audience: General practitioners, prescribers of high-risk medicines and pharmacists in NSW

Cost: Free

CPD points: GPs – view details

Module 1. The SafeScript NSW System – what, when and how? (for prescribers and pharmacists)

This module provides an overview of SafeScript NSW – NSW Health's real-time prescription monitoring system. It provides you with an opportunity to update your knowledge on the increasing harms from high-risk prescription medicines, and to learn how SafeScript provides additional information to assist with clinical decisions when prescribing or dispensing high-risk medicines. The module also outlines ways to manage and maintain patient privacy when using SafeScript, and the key regulatory requirements relating to use of the system. 

Module 2. Monitored medicines and clinical practice (for prescribers)

This module provides you with an opportunity to reconsider how you manage safety concerns about patients with prescription medicine dependence or those showing signs of high-risk use. It explores planning approaches for the consultation, strategies for collaboration with other health professionals, whole of practice/service approaches to ensure equity and safety for everyone and provides you with an opportunity to review available management and treatment options.

It will also refresh your knowledge of alternative options for management of chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia, including non-pharmacological approaches and other lower risk pharmacological treatments.

Module 2. Monitored medicines and clinical practice (for pharmacists)

This module provides you with an opportunity to refresh your knowledge on safe and appropriate dispensing of high-risk medicines, particularly those monitored in SafeScript NSW, and reconsider how you manage concerns about patient safety regarding their use of these high-risk medicines.

It will also refresh your knowledge of alternative options for management of chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia, including non-pharmacological approaches and other lower risk pharmacological treatments.

Module 3. Communication and care for patients using monitored medicines (for prescribers and pharmacists)

This module provides foundation information to help you and your practice/pharmacy prepare for conversations with patients about the potential risks of dependence with high-risk medicines. It explores the elements of best practice communication and how to apply effective communication strategies when explaining the risks of long-term use before prescribing or dispensing high-risk medicines. The module also outlines how to implement practice policies, set behaviour standards and use de-escalation techniques to reduce safety risks for health professionals and patients in challenging situations.

 

Continuing professional development

Although we recommend attempting these modules in sequential order, it is possible to complete the modules in any order and still earn the allocated CPD credit, provided you pass each assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Accreditation pending with RACGP, ACRRM, ACN and APC.

RACGP

The following activities have each been approved for 2 points (CPD Activity) under the RACGP CPD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium

  1. The SafeScript NSW System – what, when and how? (activity number 306316)
  2. Monitored medicines and clinical practice (for prescribers) (activity number 306944)
  3. Communication and care for patients using monitored medicines (activity number 306947)

ACRRM

These activities have each been accredited for 1 hour under the educational activity category in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium

  1. The SafeScript NSW System – what, when and how? (activity number 24623)
  2. Monitored medicines and clinical practice (for prescribers) (activity number 24625)
  3. Communication and care for patients using monitored medicines (activity number 24626)

Self-directed CPD

It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for each activity for the purposes of self-directed CPD.

Last modified: Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 11:18 AM