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Medication Safety at WCHN

Medication Safety at WCHN

Medication safety is one of the 8 National Safety and Quality Standards for hospitals. It was named as Australia’s 10th National Health Priority by the Australian Health Minister, Dr Greg Hunt, in November 2019.

The WCHN Medication Safety Committee together with the divisions of the WCHN work to ensure that clinicians safely prescribe, dispense and administer appropriate medicines, and monitor medicine use.

WCHN also aims to ensure that consumers and carers are informed about medicines, and understand their own medicine needs and risks.

By understanding your / your child’s medicines this will help you make better decisions and ensure that you / your child gets the most benefit from your / their medicines, safely.

Do you know:

  • What medicines you/your child are taking?
  • Why you/your child are taking them?
  • How you/your child can take your medicines safely?

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Track your / your child's medicines by keeping an up-to-date list of everything you / your child is taking in a notebook, in the notes on your mobile phone or using an app like:
    MedicineWise AppNPS MedicineWise App
  • When you come to hospital, always bring your / your child’s medicines with you, along with a list of all the medicines you / your child is taking.
    Bringing Your Medicines to Hospital



PDF iconYour medicines in hospital – fact sheet







  • Remember to speak up and ask questions if you are unsure about any of the medicines you / your child is taking.

For more information about managing your medicines or medication safety:

  • Contact the SA Pharmacy Medicines Information Service on 08 8161 7555 (9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Speak to your doctor, nurse / midwife or pharmacist – We are here to help you!

Useful Resources

NPS MedicineWise has a wide range of resources to help individuals, community groups and health services to promote being medicinewise. For more information:

Link iconNPS MedicineWise – Being MedicineWise

Use the WCH page link iconChoosing Wisely initiative to support your conversations about your medicines.

last modified: 21 Dec 2020