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Undertake clinical examination and accurately record findings


Formerly known as the National Framework for Documenting Care in Residential Aged Care Services, this is a collection of tools and resources for communicating and delivering high quality care. It contains tools for initial assessment of a resident and tools for the assessment of behaviour, cognition, continence, falls, physical mobility and ADL, self administration of medicines (this is the APAC tool), nutrition and oral and dental health, pain, skin, wound and social, cultural and spiritual domains. This also contains a list of tools included in the package and a care profile document.

Apply knowledge of pharmacology to clinical decisions

Therapeutic Guidelines

Therapeutic Guidelines provides clear, concise, independent information about patient management. TG is available both in hard copy (13 volumes ~$364) and electronically (~$300). Volumes are arranged by body system, single volumes can be purchased (~$40).

Australian Medicines Handbook

The Australian Medicines Handbook and the Aged Care Companion Guide provide evidence based information about medicines, includes information about form, dosing, cost, potential side effects and adverse reactions. AMH is available both in hard copy (~$145) and electronically (~$150). The Aged Care Companion is only available in hard copy (~$50).

Engage with medication review processes

Residential Medication Management Review

This site contains some general information and housekeeping rules regarding the provision of RMMR. The site is largely for pharmacists but will provide information about which residents are eligible for RMMR. Contact details are provide at the bottom of the page to access further details of the RMMR program.

Report adverse drug events

Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (ACSOM)

ASCOM was formed in January 2010 to advise and make recommendations to the TGA on the safety of medicines and risk assessment/risk management of medicines.

Adverse Medicine Events Line

1300 134 237

The Adverse Medicine Events (AME) Line provides consumers with a mechanism to report adverse experiences with medicines; provides an opportunity for consumers to consult with a pharmacist about medicine safety, ensures that consumers' concerns about medicine safety are taken seriously and reported to the relevant authority.
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