SafeScript GP Clinical Advisory Service commences across the Western Victoria Primary Health Network December 2018

26 Nov 2018

Funded by the State Government, the SafeScript General Practitioner Clinical Advisory Service (GPCAS) will commence across the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) from Monday, 3rd December 2018.

SafeScript GP Clinical Advisors from Warrnambool and Geelong have been recruited to provide peer -to -peer secondary consultation and mentoring to GPs located across the Western Victorian PHN who need to discuss clinical issues relating to high–risk prescription medications identified through SafeScript.

To contact GPCAS, GPs should call the Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Service (DACAS), a Victorian helpline service that has been providing addiction specialist phone support to GPs for more than two decades.

Turning Point Director Professor Dan Lubman said: “This a fantastic new initiative, with SafeScript GP Clinical Advisors able to provide mentoring and support about prescribing and treatment options within two business days.”  GPs requiring a more urgent response should still call DACAS.

Prof Lubman said the service will aim to match GPs with a SafeScript GP Clinical Advisor from their region, so as to provide additional support from a local area perspective.

Prof Lubman said the service was an important step forward in supporting GP’s clinical needs: “With increasing harms related to prescription drugs an increasing concern in the community, the establishment of this service comes at an opportune time.”

“Turning Point is pleased to play a role in ensuring GPs receive the advice they need, and are supported to provide the best care for their patients.”

The SafeScript GP Clinical Advisory Service will be available for the rest of Victoria from April 2019 to coincide with the role out of SafeScript.

For more information please visit www.dacas.org.au or contact Ms Dimitra Petroulias via email: gpclinicaladvisors@turningpoint.org.au.

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