|Document ID:||Operational Circular OP 2119/06|
|Date of issue:||Tuesday, 17 October 2006|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The Western Australian Therapeutics Advisory Group (WATAG) recommends that the contemporaneous version of Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic (currently Version 13) be adopted as the reference standard for antibiotic prescribing in Western Australia.|
|Applicable to:||Clinicians, Managers, Pharmacists, Drugs & Therapeutics Committees, Medical Advisory Committees, Nurses, Ward Clerks|
|Period of effect:||from 17 October 2006|
|Authorised by:||Dr Neale Fong, Director General, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 17-Oct-2006|
|Print version:||View print version|
The Western Australian Therapeutics Advisory Group (WATAG) recommends that the contemporaneous version of Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic (currently Version 13) be adopted as the reference standard for antibiotic prescribing in Western Australia.
WATAG emphasises the importance of each prescriber adhering to the Guidelines when prescribing antibiotics, except
Health Service Managers and Executives are instructed to ensure that this Operational Circular is considered by their Drugs and Therapeutics, and Medical Advisory Committees (or equivalent), for the purpose of reviewing and implementing appropriate antibiotic prescribing policies and practices.
Health Services should also ensure that at least one copy of the Guidelines is permanently available on each hospital ward for staff use. The Guidelines can also be accessed via the Clinical Information Access Online web site www.ciao.health.wa.gov.au
Electronic and hard-copies of the Guidelines can also be obtained by contacting Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd by
The Guidelines are intended to assist antibiotic prescribing, but responsibility for individual prescribing decisions remains that of the attending doctor. Reasons for variation from the Guidelines should be clearly documented in the patient’s medical record. WATAG is available to assist Health Services throughout Western Australia by conducting an independent evaluation of antibiotic use upon invitation.
Dr Neale Fong
This circular last updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2006 at 2:40pm