Pharmaceutical Services

The role of the Pharmaceutical Services section of the Health Protection Service is to ensure the safe supply of medicines, poisons and therapeutic goods to the ACT community.

The section is responsible for conducting a range of regulatory activities for ensuring that medicines and/or poisons are prescribed, stored and supplied in accordance with local legislation. The section is also responsible for regulating community pharmacy ownership and premises in the ACT.

Pharmaceutical Services is also responsible for distributing information across the ACT community about medicine and therapeutic goods recalls, to ensure that the public is protected from any harm from the use of sub-standard or unsafe products.

Latest developments

Expressions of Interest Medicine Advisory Committee

ACT Health is seeking expressions of interest from suitable persons to fill expected vacancies on the Medicines Advisory Committee (MAC).

The MAC is a statutory body established under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008. The MAC’s primary responsibility is to provide advice to the Chief Health Officer on complex clinical matters involving the supply of medicines in the ACT.

ACT Health is seeking expressions of interest from persons to fill three expected member vacancies on the MAC. All applicants must hold registration as a medical practitioner in Australia. Note that member vacancies are expected for:

  • a general practitioner
  • a medical practitioner with experience in psychiatric medicine.
  • a medical practitioner with experience in public health medicine.

Applicants are encouraged to submit current curriculum vitae and any supporting statements to the Chief Pharmacist at Locked Bag 5005, Weston Creek ACT 2611 or hps@act.gov.au. Applications close COB 7 October 2016.

Enquiries about the expected vacancies should be directed to the Health Protection Service on 6205 1700 or hps@act.gov.au.

Supply of Kava at Declared Public Events

In recognition of the cultural importance of kava customs to Pacific Island people, an exemption can be made under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008 (the Act) that allows the supply of kava at Declared Public Events.

Applications are assessed by the Health Protection Service. Kava can only be supplied at Declared Public Events under certain conditions. It is illegal to supply kava without an exemption under the Act.

Apply online or download the Application for a Declared Public Event (Kava) form

An exemption to supply kava at the National Multicultural Festival has been granted. Additional information about this exemption is available below.

Information Sheet - Kava at the National Multicultural Festival (January 2015)

Frequently Asked Questions - Kava at the National Multicultural Festival (January 2015)

New Real-Time Reporting system to be introduced in ACT pharmacies

The Health Protection Service (HPS) is pleased to announce that it will be implementing a real time reporting system for controlled medicines (S8s) for ACT pharmacies.

The new system will improve the monitoring of controlled medicine prescribing and supply in the ACT to minimising the public health risks associated with the misuse, abuse and diversion of controlled medicines.

More information

Implementation of a real time reporting system for controlled medicines in the ACT Information Sheet

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