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Letter to the editor

Editor, – I read with interest the paper 'Prescribing issues for Aboriginal people' (Aust Prescr 2003;26:106-9). My research into the practice of remote area nursing shows that there are serious problems in the acquisition and use of drugs in remote Aboriginal settings. I would like to draw your attention to the initiatives taken in Queensland. Unlike the standard treatment manual referred to in the article, a 'Primary Clinical Care Manual' (3rd ed. 2003) has been developed by the Queensland Nursing Council, Royal Flying Doctor Service and Queensland Health, based on statutory regulations, for use by nurses authorised in isolated practice. Under State legislative provisions of the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996, a process is in place for the formal endorsement of nurses in isolated practice areas and for indigenous health workers with specific protocols clarifying their separate responsibilities in relation to drugs and drug use.

Jennifer Cramer
Registered nurse