Quality Use of Medicines Program - NPS
In partnership with the National Prescribing Service the Sutherland Division's Quality Use of Medicines program aims to ensure that all local GPs have access to the information and support they need to make good prescribing decisions. Strategies
- Ensure major stakeholders input into the program
- Facilitate quality use of medicines on the basis of best evidence available, through activities such as, educational visits, CME activities, case studies and clinical audits
- Promote NPS/QUM program within the Sutherland Shire
- Provide data collected to NPS
QUM Activities Educational visits
Practice visits within practices in the Sutherland Shire bounday are conducted to discuss evidence based therapy on a particular topic. The NPS provides detailing aids, key messages and objectives for the visit and background reading.
The current educational visiting topics are: Analgesics in Persistent Pain and Osteoporosis. If you would like to have a practice visit on either topic please email Liesl at email@example.com or call her at the Division on 9545 3533
Coordination and facilitation of meetings focusing on:
- Case history discussion
- Peer review to discuss prescribing feedback
- Medication review workshops
If you would like to have a lunch time case study facilitated at your practice please email Liesl at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at the Division on 9545 3533.
Clinical audit activity
As a component of the QUM program the National Prescribing Service offers clinical audits. If you would like a copy of the latest audit please contact the NPS on 8217 8700
Quality Prescribing Initiative (QPI) and Practice Incentive Payments
This targeted incentive is intended to assist practices in keeping up to date with information on the quality use of medicines. It rewards participation in a range of activities recognised or provided by the National Prescribing Service (NPS). Each activity is undertaken on an individual GP level, and the NPS will provide feedback to the individual GPs. However payment will be made to the practice if the practice meets a minimum participation level, set at 3 activities per full time equivalent (FTE) GP. One of these activities must be a clinical audit, while the other two can be any recognised activities including educational visits, and NPS case studies.
For more information about PIP or to register your practice in the program, call the PIP Enquiry Line on 1800 222 032 (free call) or visit their website at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/providers/incentives_allowances/pip.htm