Monitored medicines are all controlled medicines or a medicine declared by the Minister for Health to be a monitored medicine. These medicines have been declared due to evidence of harms including deaths with their use in the Australian community. Controlled medicines are listed under Schedule 8 of the Commonwealth Poisons Standard.

All monitored medicines and controlled medicines will be included in Canberra Script. Chief Health Officer approval is required to prescribe controlled medicines only. CHO approval is not required to prescribe prescription only (schedule 4) monitored medicines that appear in Canberra Script. 

Category Medicine
Opioids Including but not limited to buprenorphine, codeine, fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, pethidine, tapentadol, tramadol
Benzodiazepines Including but not limited to alprazolam, flunitrazepam, bromazepam, clobazam, clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam, midazolam, nitrazepam, oxazepam, temazepam
Other sleeping aids Zolpidem, zopiclone
Stimulants Dexamfetamine, lisdexamfetamine, methylphenidate
Other Ketamine, medicinal cannabis, pregabalin, quetiapine, gabapentin, all other Schedule 8 medicines not listed above


Page last updated on: 23 Feb 2022