Other information for Health Professionals

A person who is a registered health professional may be authorised to deal with medicines if it is within their professional scope of practice and employment.  A health professional’s authority to deal with medicines in the ACT as part of their employment is detailed under Schedule 1 of the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.

A health professional’s authority to deal with scheduled medicines varies significantly between a person’s profession and qualification. Health professionals that are authorised to deal with medicines as part of their employment may include doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinary surgeons, optometrists, pharmacists etc.

Non-health professionals may only deal with regulated substances in the ACT as part of their employment if they are approved to deal with those substances under a permit or licence.

Prescribing of medicines by non-medical health professionals

While many health professionals are authorised to work with regulated substances, only some non-medical health professions are authorised to prescribe scheduled medicines.

Please download the below information sheets for further information about the key prescribing requirements for dentists, nurse practitioners, endorsed optometrists and endorsed podiatrists.   

Prescribing requirements for Dentists

Prescribing Requirements for Nurse Practitioners

Prescribing Requirements for Optometrists

Prescribing requirements for Endorsed Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons

If you are unsure about your medicines authorisation in a professional setting, please contact the Pharmaceutical Services section of the Health Protection Service.