Like many developed countries, Australia is home to an expanding prescribing workforce. Currently, multiple professions are eligible to prescribe medicines within their recognised scopes of practice. Quality prescribing outcomes and patient safety are critical to all prescribing professions.
The Framework plays a vital role in informing both the prescribing practice expectations of eligible registered health professionals and the prescribing curriculum, as recommended by the Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway (HPPP) Project.1
The importance of maintaining the Framework as a relevant standard for all prescribers is clear. NPS MedicineWise has asked Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to work with us to review the Framework.
The project aims to review and update the Framework to ensure it remains relevant to all prescribers.
The project will employ a two-staged approach to review and update the Framework.
Stage one involved a Delphi method2 to gather feedback about the existing Framework, with a focus on the key evaluation indicators (see Box 1). Feedback has now been used to develop an updated draft of the Framework.
Key evaluation indicators
Does the Framework accurately describe all aspects of practice required to prescribe safely and effectively?
Are there areas in the Framework that may be considered redundant or repetitive?
Are there aspects of prescribing practice that are not currently reflected in the Framework?
Is the language used in the Framework accurate, current and reflective of all prescribing professions?
Stage two involved a public consultation with a broad stakeholder group to seek feedback about the updated draft Framework.
Project governance and timeline
The project has been supported by an Expert Reference Group of representatives of regulatory, accreditation and consumer organisations.
This group has ensured the review is undertaken with a fair, balanced and inclusive approach and that all relevant perspectives are considered. A small working group of NPS MedicineWise and QUT representatives will undertake the review in consultation with the Expert Reference Group.
Members of the Expert Group are:
Steve Morris (Chair)
CEO, NPS MedicineWise
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
Chair, Medical Board of Australia
Chair, Scheduled Medicines Expert Committee
Chair, Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum
Chair of the Australian Medical Council’s Medical School Assessment Committee
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
Chair of the Clinical Pharmacology Special Interest Group ASCEPT
The project commenced in March 2019 and is expected to conclude in the first quarter of 2021.
If you have any questions or require further information about the Prescribing Competencies Framework or the review process, please contact Stakeholder Relations & Policy Adviser Daniel Pignatiello via [email protected]