MEDICATION MANAGEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY. Insert organisation and conference title and date. The history. APAC has been addressing matters related to medication management for older people for some years.
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The guiding principles target paid health and community
care service providers who support older people in managing medicines in
their home and in the community. They could also be used by other
community-based services, such as those supporting people with disabilities
or chronic disease.
These guiding principles are intended only as a guiding
document. They are not prescriptive.
- Consumers should be supported in maintaining a current list of all their medicines. This list should be available and easily accessible to the consumer and all those involved in the consumer’s care.
- Consumers are encouraged to have their medicines reviewed by members of the health care team. These reviews should follow the relevant professional guidelines.
- Some consumers might need to have oral formulations altered, for example, tablets broken or crushed to aid administration. However, some medicines cannot be altered and the consumer might need alternative formulations or different medicines instead. These consumers should be given the help they need to guarantee their medicines are managed safely and effectively.
- Consumers using medicines in the community should be encouraged to store their medicines in a manner that maintains the quality of the medicine and safeguards the consumer, their family and visitors in their home.
Further information is available at www.health.gov.au (listed under ‘N’ for National Medicines Policy in the A-Z index)
Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council
MDP38, GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6289 8023
Fax: (02) 6289 8641