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Australia’s response to World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Challenge

The Commission was tasked by the Australian Government Department of Health to develop Australia’s response to the World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Challenge on medication safety. In Australia, the goal is to reduce avoidable medication errors, adverse drug events and medication-related hospital admissions by 50% by 2025.

The three flagship areas of the challenge are inappropriate polypharmacy, medication safety at transitions of care and misuse of high-risk medicines.

In April 2020, the Commission published Australia’s response, highlighting Australia’s goal and proposing 12 priority actions across the flagship areas. Each priority area has a suggested metric for measuring change over the duration of the challenge.