SafeScript – Victoria’s Real-Time Prescription Monitoring System

In April 2019, the Victorian Government will roll-out SafeScript across Victoria in conjunction with a consumer awareness campaign. 

The increasing harmful use of prescription medicines is a major public health concern, and deaths from prescription medicines now exceeds that from illicit drugs and road deaths.

SafeScript is software that allows prescription records, for certain high-risk medicines, to be transmitted in real-time to a centralised database and monitored. 

It can then be accessed by doctors, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists during a consultation with a patient.

  • Doctors and pharmacists will use SafeScript to make safer clinical decisions.
  • Identify where patients may be receiving high-risk medicines beyond medical need.
  • Schedule 8 medicines (summary available here.)
  • Includes other high risk medicines such as:
    • benzodiazepines
    • zolpidem or zopiclone
    • quetiapine
    • codeine.

Information and resources on system set up for general practices and pharmacies, as well as health professional training, can found on the Victorian and Tasmania PHN Alliance SafeScript Training Hub.

Eastern Melbourne PHN is providing face-to-face training opportunities for prescribers and pharmacists from February 2019. See the flyer for details.

For further information on SafeScript, including technical support visit https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/drugs-and-poisons/safescript