High Risk Medication Policy

Applicable to: Health Service Providers: Child and Adolescent Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service and WA Country Health Service


The purpose of the High Risk Medication Policy is to mandate the minimum requirements for the safe management of high risk medications across Health Service Providers.

While all medications carry risk of adverse events if prescribed, administered or dispensed inappropriately, high risk medications are those that have an increased risk of causing significant patient harm or death if they are misused or used in error. The objective of this Policy is to improve patient safety by requiring the implementation of risk reduction strategies and best practice standards for prescribing, dispensing or administering high risk medications.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy supersedes the following policies:
  • OD 0561/14 WA High Risk Medication Policy
  • OD 0647/16 National Standard for User Applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines
  • OD 0658/16 Prescription and Management of Intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia

Date of effect: 10 February 2020

Policy Framework

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