Medicines and Poisons Bill 2019 

Medicines and Poisons Bill 2019

What does this proposed law mean for nurses?

NPAQ wants to fight this bill to ensure nurses' registrations are protected, patients are protected and nurses' jobs are protected and not substituted for unendorsed carers. 

  • Nurses and all health care professionals will be solely responsible for the administration of medications.
  • Carers will be able to give medication as per the label, they will have no responsibility regarding administering the medication. 
  • There will be no boundaries to what scheduled medications they can administer or how they are to administer the medication.
  • This will leave the AHPRA registered practitioner vulnerable to deregistration because the carer or support worker has no responsibility with any medication. 
  • Health care areas most affected where support workers can give medication include: aged care, NDIS, community and primary health care. 
  • This is a potential health risk for patients who will be receiving medications by unendorsed health care professionals. 

Find here an excerpt from the Medicines and Poisons Bill 2019 clause 51. There is also a list of other clauses that will affect nurses and links that will allow you to research how it will impact you. 

NPAQ wants to fight this bill to ensure nurses' registrations are protected, patients are protected and nurses' jobs are protected and not substituted for unendorsed carers. 

Let us know your thoughts and the action you want to be taken via email president@npaq.com.au.