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Australia’s health ministers agree to make 'Quality Use of Medicines' and medicines safety a National Health Priority Area

At last week’s meeting in Perth, Australia, the COAG Health Council discussed a number of national health issues, one of which was the Quality Use of Medicines.

The Council’s resulting communique highlights that medicines are the most common intervention in healthcare and can contribute to significant health gains – but can also be associated with harm.

“Half of all medication related harm is preventable and a coordinated national approach that identifies and promotes best practice models and measures progress towards reducing medication related harm has the potential to improve the health of Australians and create savings across the health care system,” it notes.

At the meeting, the Health Ministers agreed to make the Quality Use of Medicines and Medicines Safety the 10th National Health Priority Area

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Source: Australian Journal of Pharmacy, 4 November 2019


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