Delivering a Healthy WA
Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) Reform

Welcome to the Pharmaceutical Reform in Western Australia Public Hospitals Website

There has been an emphasis by hospitals on improving the continuum of care for patients moving between the hospital and community setting. As part of this strategy, the Commonwealth and Western Australia have been working together to improve the way patients access their medication by bringing the Commonwealth's Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) to public hospitals.

The reforms are designed to make it safer, easier and more convenient for patients to receive adequate medication. The key objectives of the reforms are:

  • To provide patients with up to one month's supply of medications on discharge and when attending a public hospital as an outpatient, rather than the two to seven days supply they receive currently.
  • To improve continuity of pharmaceutical care by allowing public hospitals to access the same pharmaceutical scheme that operates in the community, the PBS, thereby decreasing confusion and possible over-consumption by patients.
  • To restore equity between public and private hospital patients and decrease the financial burden on hospital pharmacies by allowing them access to a group of chemotherapy drugs for use by day-admitted patients and outpatients.
  • To improve communication with both patients and primary health care providers through the implementation of the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council guidelines on the continuum of pharmaceutical care.
  • To allow sufficient time for information to be sent from hospitals and received by primary health care providers before patients present for their first post-hospital visit.

PBS reforms are being implemented in Western Australia. The following hospitals are participating in the reforms:

  • Armadale / Kelmscott Hospital
  • Bentley Hospital
  • Graylands Hospital
  • Osborne Park Hospital
  • Royal Perth Hospital
  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • Swan Districts Hospital
  • WA Country Health Service

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