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Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008
Current version for 1 July 2017 to date (accessed 23 September 2017 at 04:51)
Part 4 Division 6 Clause 120
120   Administration by persons employed at a hospital
(1)  A person employed at a hospital must not administer a drug of addiction to a patient in the hospital otherwise than on the direction of an authorised practitioner (other than a veterinary practitioner).
(2)  Such a direction:
(a)  must be given in writing (otherwise than by electronic mail or facsimile) or in any other manner approved by the Director-General for the purposes of this paragraph, or
(b)  in an emergency, may be given:
(i)  by electronic mail or by facsimile, or
(ii)  orally, by telephone or in any other manner approved by the Director-General for the purposes of this subparagraph.
(3)  An authorised practitioner who gives a direction under subclause (2) (b) (ii) must:
(a)  as soon as is practicable (and in any case within the next 24 hours) either:
(i)  sign an entry in the patient’s medical history confirming that he or she has given the direction, or
(ii)  confirm the direction by electronic mail or by facsimile, and
(b)  attend to review the patient as soon as he or she considers it appropriate in the circumstances of the case.
(4)  If confirmation is not received within 7 days after the drug of addiction is administered, the person by whom the drug was administered must report that fact to the Director-General.
(5)  An authorised practitioner who, by electronic mail or by facsimile, gives or confirms a direction for the administration of a drug of addiction to a patient must also attend to review the patient as soon as he or she considers it appropriate in the circumstances of the case.
(6)  Subclauses (3), (4) and (5) do not apply to the administration of a drug of addiction to an inmate of a correctional centre (within the meaning of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Act 1999) if confirmation of the direction for the administration of the substance has been given in accordance with the requirements of a protocol approved by the Director-General.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.