Minister’s promise: this is what we know so far

Federal health minister Greg Hunt (pictured) has vowed to find funding for a national real-time recording system for drugs of addition within six months.

But the idea needs state and territory cooperation as the reporting of controlled substances falls under state control.

Here is what we know so far:

  • The federal government has made software available to each state and territory to enable real-time recording. Each state has to make its own arrangements, which may include legislative changes to enable prescriptions to be recorded.
  • The software is