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National Real Time Prescription Monitoring rollout – TasScript

Australian Government’s real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM) system
Facilitated by:
Primary Health Tasmania
Peter Boyles - Chief Pharmacist, Tasmanian Department of Health
Sam Halliday - Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Tasmanian Department of Health
Rachel Rees - Community Pharmacist
Angus Thompson - Pharmacist Clinical Editor, Primary Health Tasmania
Jon Choong - GP Clinical Editor, Primary Health Tasmania
Date and time:
Thursday 11 April 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Online Via Zoom
Prescribers and Pharmacists working in Tasmania

TasScript is the Tasmanian implementation of the Australian Government’s real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM) system and will replace Australia’s first RTPM system, the highly-successful Tasmanian DORA system. Unlike DORA, TasScript is a mandatory use system. The information in TasScript will help prescribers and pharmacists make better informed clinical decisions and reduce the incidence of harm, including death, from the use of high-risk monitored medicines. TasScript has been designed to integrate with clinical practice and pharmacy software to provide rapid identification of potential risk to help you optimise care.

After this session you will be able to:

  • Describe how TasScript provides GPs and Pharmacists with accurate and timely information regarding their patient’s medication history to help them make more informed clinical decisions at the point of care.
  • Implement TasScript as a real-time prescription monitoring (RTPM) system in clinical practice.
  • Differentiate between TasScript and DORA, including the requirement to check the TasScript each time a monitored medicine is prescribed or dispensed.
  • Identify the necessary steps to register, access and navigate TasScript.

Speaker Information:

Peter Boyles is the Chief Pharmacist in Tasmania’s Department of Health and the Principal Advisor of medicines and poisons regulation. Peter’s career highlights include the design and implementation of Australia’s first real time prescription monitoring systems (DORA), Directing the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) for COVID-19, and implementation of Tasmania’s Controlled Access Scheme for the medical use of unregistered cannabis products. 

Sam Halliday is Tasmania’s Deputy Chief Pharmacist with a decade of experience working in the regulation of medicines and poisons, leading Tasmania’s implementation of national Real Time Prescription Monitoring.  He is a registered pharmacist with extensive experience in primary care delivery, public policy development, digital health transformation, legislative change, program management and regulatory leadership.  Sam’s professional focus is on improving outcomes for public benefit through collaboration, education and better use of data, evidence and technology to manage risk. He is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds degrees in Pharmacy and Public Health.

Rachel Rees (Dienaar) is a Patient centred Pharmacist, Professional Services and Practice Change Consultant, who is passionate about the importance of patient outcomes and the change management required to facilitate the repositioning of pharmacists for patient centred care. A community-based pharmacist, Rachel is a strong advocate for the success of professional programs implementation in community pharmacy and facilitating change within the workplace to achieve this. She advocates for improved professional collaboration and learning with purpose, essential for our professional practice and improving pharmacist utilisation in our health system. Rachel is a senior clinical Tutor for PSA’s National Intern Training Program in Tasmania. She is currently actively working in community pharmacy to facilitate change and business growth at the coal face.

Angus Thompson is Primary Health Tasmania’s Pharmacist Clinical Editor, working closely with our GP Clinical Editors and SMEs on the medication content within our pathways. Angus trained in the UK, working primarily in hospital and general practice pharmacist roles before relocating to Tasmania in 2008. Alongside his role at Primary Health Tasmania, Angus works as a Consultant Clinical Pharmacist conducting home medicines review in southern Tasmania, as a Lecturer in Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice at the University of Tasmania and as a subject matter expert for the Australian Pharmacy Council. 

Dr Jonathan Choong is a GP Clinical Editor on Primary Health Tasmania’s Tasmanian HealthPathways team, he is also a practicing GP at Glebe Hill Family Practice in Southern Tasmania. Jon completed his GP Fellowship in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula and has called Tasmania home since 2021.

Further information

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