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Rational prescribing of drugs is an essential skill that physicians require for both adult and paediatric populations. The RACP Fellows provide advice on matters related to medicines as per the National Medicines Policy for Quality Use of Medicines to all stakeholders and the National Drug Strategy (NDS) including bodies such as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), NPS MedicineWise (NPS), Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and other stakeholders including the Australasian Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT); and the Council of Australian Therapeutic Advisory Groups (CATAG).

Activities include:
• formulating advice to the College members and the specialist societies on issues related to medicines
• preparing RACP position statements related to medicines (such as "off-label" use of medicines, pharmacovigilance and antimicrobial resistance)
• facilitating the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) throughout the College and its training and education programs
• representing the College, prepare submissions and seek to influence stakeholders

Recent submissions that have been prepared by the TEAG are as follows:


The National Strategy for Quality Use of Medicines:

National Medicines Policy (PDF: 164KB)

"Plain English" versions of core documents on the National Strategy for the Quality Use of Medicines can be found at the National Medicines Policy website

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New Zealand Submissions

Please contact the Policy and Advocacy Unit for further information: