Capital Health Network

Capital Health Network

RACGP Resources:

Australian Government:

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce:


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has advised that, for practices with low onsite risk, assessment under the National General Practice Accreditation Scheme will resume from 26 October 2020. Exclusion zones will be determined by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, along with accrediting agencies, using public health orders and advices from State and Territory Health Departments.

CHN’s Primary Care Relationships Team is available to assist in the accreditation process – please contact your Primary Care Coordinator.

To receive updates on the Standards for general practices and related standards, accreditation news, and resources, subscribe to the RACGP Standards News quarterly newsletter.

Changes to faxed (or digital image) prescription requirements in the ACT:

Note that this arrangement ceases on 31 March 2021 – Prescribers do not need to send the original of a faxed (or digital image) prescription to a pharmacist where it is prescribed during a Telehealth consultation (either via video-conference or telephone) while the PBS special arrangements are in place. Pharmacists are required to confirm whether the faxed prescription was written as part of a Telehealth consultation in order to meet the ACT record keeping requirements and should make a record of this. Verbal advice from the prescriber or patient is considered sufficient for this purpose, although ideally the prescriber will notate “Telehealth” on the prescription prior to sending. The original script must then be kept in the practice for 2 years. For further information please see Federal legislation, with supporting Federal fact sheets for prescribers and pharmacists. Please note that electronic and digital image prescriptions are enabled in the ACT for all medicines. See supporting ACT fact sheet and FAQs. Essential and detailed information is available on the health professionals Medicines Matters page of the ACT COVID-19 website For those accessing this website from other states, please ensure you check your state legislation.

Note that this arrangement is permanent – The original copy of prescriptions written during a face-to-face consultation and then faxed to a pharmacist must still be sent within 7 days to that pharmacist.

Electronic Prescriptions:

As electronic prescriptions become more common practice, please undertake training on the preparation of your practice, if you have not already done so. The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has webinar recordings to assist your transition.

The ADHA is also providing webinars on the Active Script List for prescribers, dispensers, and staff of both general practices and pharmacies. Medical software vendors are also offering education to their customers. See the relevant vendors’ websites for sessions.

Active Ingredient Prescribing:

All eligible Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation PBS prescriptions generated from 1 February 2021 will need to comply with the new Active Ingredient Prescribing requirements.

ADHA has multiple free eLearning courses for health professionals including “Electronic Prescriptions for prescribers” which attract CPD points. Create a log in at the Digital Health Security Awareness website to access the courses.

ACT and SNSW HealthPathways:

For further information on COVID-19 Telehealth, Telehealth and prescription requirements see the COVID-19 Telehealth and Telehealth pages on ACT and SNSW HealthPathways.