Non-medical prescribing watchdog needed: UGPA

The UGPA meeting – made up of representatives from peak GP groups including the AMA, RACGP, AGPN, ACRRM and the RDAA – heard concerns about two reviews, by Health Workforce Australia and the National Prescribing Service, looking into issues around prescribing by nurse practitioners, podiatrists, physiotherapists, optometrists and others.

The call for a national agency to be given oversight of the issue came as the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Initiatives Bill passed through federal Parliament, giving