SafeScript – real-time prescription monitoring

SafeScript is a clinical decision support system that enables prescribers and pharmacists to access an up-to-the-minute medicines supply history of certain high-risk medicines for their patient at the point of consultation.

It is mandatory to check SafeScript prior to writing or dispensing a prescription for a high-risk medicine since April 2020. There will be exceptions in some circumstances, including when treating patients in hospitals, prisons, police jails, aged care and palliative care.

The SafeScript system is accompanied by a range of initiatives to support and prepare patients and health professionals for the implementation of SafeScript. This includes:

  • A public awareness campaign to inform the general public of SafeScript and to improve the understanding of the risks associated with some prescription medicines
  • Training for prescribers and pharmacists, on how to more safely prescribe and dispense high-risk medications and respond to the needs of patients.

SafeScript Training Hub

A SafeScript Training Hub is available - 'one-stop' online hub - for SafeScript. The SafeScript Training Hub includes information about the SafeScript system, training, technical support and an extensive list of resources.

SafeScript Training

Online CPD-accredited training on SafeScript is available here via the SafeScript Training Hub.

SEMPHN hosted six SafeScript training sessions for prescribers and pharmacists in 2019, and promoted two additional sessions in 2020. 

DH SafeScript Website

For further information on SafeScript, including access to technical and non-technical support, visit the Victorian Department of Health (DH) SafeScript website.

SafeScript Portal

The SafeScript system itself can be accessed here by prescribers and pharmacists.  However, a quicker and easier way is to set-up SafeScript integration, which is available for all the commonly used clinical software. Our Health VitalIT website provides instructions on how to set-up SafeScript integration within your clinical software for easier access for clinicians.  

Practice Managers

A document answering practice managers' most frequently asked questions regarding SafeScript is available here

Managing opioid dependence

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for a visit from our pharmacotherapy team about managing opioid dependence in general practice and in the pharmacy setting.  With the implementation of SafeScript, it’s important for prescribers and pharmacists to become skilled and confident in prescribing or dispensing pharmacotherapies for opioid dependence (buprenorphine and methadone). 

Any GP can prescribe buprenorphine/naloxone for up to five patients without completing additional training.  More information is available in this 16 minute video and 4 page guide.

The Area 4 Pharmacotherapy Network offers free support to prescribers and pharmacists, including advice and guidance from addiction medicine specialists, GP mentors and experienced pharmacists.

More information about this initiative is available here.

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