Electronic prescribing will improve medicines safety and provide new options and convenience for patients and their medicine supply. This initiative is a key priority within the National Digital Health Strategy.
The Commonwealth Department of Health (the Department) is leading the work to enable electronic prescribing in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency and Services Australia. The Department is also working with State and Territory governments to ensure electronic prescriptions can be made available across Australia.
Under the National Health Plan for COVID-19, the Australian Government has accelerated the delivery of electronic prescribing and will be progressively available from the end of May 2020. The implementation of electronic prescribing to help protect people most at-risk from COVID-19.
Electronic prescribing will not be mandatory, patients will have a choice to receive either an electronic or a paper prescription from their prescriber (but not both). Electronic prescribing will continue to support a patient’s right to choose their prescriber and pharmacy to supply their medicines.
Both electronic and paper prescriptions will need to comply with the relevant Commonwealth and State and Territory legislation requirements.
For more information on how to get started with electronic prescriptions, please see the Australian Digital Health Agency webpage.