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National Medicines Safety Program Established
- Created on Thursday, 19 January 2017
The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce the establishment of a new national Medicines Safety Program.
The Agency’s Executive General Manager Clinical and Consumer Engagement and Clinical Governance, and Chief Clinical Information Officer Dr Monica Trujillo said the program will work with consumers and healthcare providers to explore how digital health can improve the safety and quality of medicines usage in Australia.
Figure 1: L to R Mr Steven Renouf, Dr Monica Trujillo, Dr Steve Hambleton, Mr Neville Board.
Dr Steve Hambleton, former president of the Australian Medical Association and one of Australia’s most respected authorities in digital health has been joined by Mr Steven Renouf, former rugby league star and dedicated advocate for Aboriginal health as Program Co-Sponsors. Mr Neville Board will represent the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality on Health Care (ACSQHC).
“Evidence from research into medication safety indicates that significant patient harm and sub-optimal use of medicines frequently result from the discontinuity that occurs when patients visit different healthcare providers. Digital health can help address this,” said Dr Hambleton.
Mr Steven Renouf developed Type 1 Diabetes while at the peak of his sporting career and also has four children with diabetes. A Deadly Choices ambassador encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to get health checks, Mr Renouf is well aware of the health issues facing the Indigenous population.
“We need to find ways to help people manage their medicines better, particularly in communities that need it the most.”
About the Australian Digital Health Agency
The Australian Digital Health Agency commenced operations on 1 July 2016 and is tasked with improving health outcomes for Australians through the delivery of digital health services and systems.
Established as a statutory authority in the form of a corporate Commonwealth entity, the Agency reports to State and Territory Health Ministers through the COAG Health Council.