On 9 November 2018, Queensland’s Governor in Council approved an amendment to the Queensland Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (HDPR) to provide new authorities for endorsed midwives and nurse practitioners in relation to use of scheduled drugs and poisons.
It includes changes to the way in which authorities for midwives, with a national scheduled medicines endorsement, are provided. The changes remove the requirement endorsed midwives to work under the Midwives Drug Therapy Protocol (DTP). They also include changes to the way in which authorities for registered nurses with a national endorsement are provided. The changes remove the requirement for nurse practitioners to work under the Nurse Practitioner DTP.
These amendments for endorsed midwives and nurse practitioners in Queensland will ensure the community has access to high quality, comprehensive midwifery and nursing services consistent with My Health, Queensland’s future: Advancing Health 2026.
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