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Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008
Current version for 1 July 2017 to date (accessed 21 September 2017 at 14:59)
103   Possession of drugs of addiction by directors of nursing of private health facilities and nursing homes
(1)  The director of nursing of a private health facility or nursing home is authorised to have possession of the following drugs of addiction in the following quantities:
(a)  no more than 5 ampoules, each of 1 millilitre or less, of morphine sulfate, at a concentration of 30 milligrams or less of morphine sulfate per millilitre,
(b)  no more than 5 ampoules, each of 2 millilitres or less, of pethidine hydrochloride, at a concentration of 50 milligrams or less of pethidine hydrochloride per millilitre.
(1A)  The Director-General may, by order in writing, authorise the possession of a drug of addiction specified in subclause (1), by the director of nursing of a specified private health facility or nursing home, in a quantity that exceeds the limit specified in subclause (1).
(1B)  The Director-General may, by order published in the Gazette, authorise the possession of a drug of addiction specified in subclause (1), by a director of nursing of a specified class of private health facilities or nursing homes, in a quantity that exceeds the limit specified in subclause (1).
(2)  A retail pharmacist is authorised to supply a drug of addiction to the director of nursing of a private health facility or nursing home but only if the drug is supplied:
(a)  at the premises of, and in the course of carrying on the business of, the pharmacy, and
(b)  in accordance with a written order signed by the director of nursing.
(3)  The director of nursing must not sign an order for any quantity of a drug of addiction if the quantity of that drug that will be in the possession of the director of nursing as a result of the order being filled will be in excess of the maximum quantity allowed by this clause.
(4)  The director of nursing must not allow any drug of addiction in his or her possession to be used otherwise than for administration to a patient in accordance with the directions of an authorised practitioner (other than a veterinary practitioner).
(5)  This clause does not limit the power of a director of nursing to have possession of drugs of addiction, or to supply drugs of addiction to patients, in accordance with a licence under Part 8.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.