Continuity of Medication Management

Medication Reconciliation Workshop

14 August 2015

On Friday, 14 August 2015, the CEC Continuity of Medication Management (CMM) Program hosted a Medication Reconciliation Workshop at Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney. The 70 participants included a mix of pharmacists, nurses, doctors and patient safety managers from across the State.

The CMM program has been established to help prevent unintentional changes in patients' medicines, and the patient harm that can result from these changes, by improving medication management when patients transfer between and within health care settings.

The current focus of the program is medication reconciliation – an internationally recognised strategy to improve patient safety and the continuity of medication management.

The workshop coincided with the establishment of State-wide Medication Reconciliation Program leads, as well as the release of tools and resources developed by the CEC to assist with the implementation of standardised medication reconciliation processes.

Dr Harvey Lander, Director of Medication Safety and Deteriorating Patient Programs at the CEC facilitated the day, encouraging health services to work collaboratively with the CEC and each other to address this patient safety priority.

There were opportunities for local health districts (LHDs) and networks to share their current medication reconciliation activity, hear implementation success stories and workshop an improvement plan.

Central to the workshop was the development of a local implementation plan. Participants were encouraged to think about areas for quality improvement in their services and possible actions to facilitate that work.

Participants were able to familiarise themselves with the tools and resources developed by the CEC to support the implementation of standardised medication reconciliation processes.

The day laid the foundation for sharing of information and State-wide collaboration on this important area of work.

For further information, please visit the CEC's Continuity of Medication Management webpage.

Presentations from the event can be accessed below.


Kate Roper, Medication Safety & Quality Officer, CEC


CEC Medication Safety team (from left): Ms Nina Muscillo, Ms Kate Roper, Dr Harvey Lander, Ms Selvana Awad, Mr William Shen (Pharmacy Student) and Ms Fiona Bailey


Medication Reconciliation Program leads during the afternoon workshop session


For any further information, please contact:
Program Officer, Continuity of Medication Management
Email: cec-medicationsafety@health.nsw.gov.au

Session Presentations

Ms Nina Muscillo,
Manager Medication Safety, Clinical Excellence Commission
Medication Reconciliation - The Case for Change

Ms Carrie Marr,
Executive Director Organisational Effectiveness, Western Sydney LHD
Ms Annie Chong,
eMeds Pharmacist, Western Sydney LHD
Medication Reconciliation - A Clinical Services Redesign Project

Mr Ged Hawthorn,
Senior Clinical Pharmacist Education & Training, Orange Health Service, Western NSW LHD
Dr Shannon Townsend,
Emergency Medicine Registrar, Orange Health Service, Western NSW LHD
Improving Medication Safety on Transitions of Care

Dr Lai Heng Foong,
Staff Specialist Emergency, Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital, South Western Sydney LHD
Medication Management Plan Implementation – An Emergency Department Perspective

Dr Charlotte Hespe,
General Practitioner, Glebe Family Medical Practice
Continuity of Medication and Medication Reconciliation in Primary Care

Ms Kate Roper,
Medication Safety & Quality Officer, Clinical Excellence Commission
Continuity of Medication Management Program
Medication Reconciliation Implementation Plan Workshop