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S4 Drugs Administration Changes

Western Australia based Diver Medical Technician (DMTs) may now require a National Police Clearance to administer some medications.

Changes to Western Australian drug administration guidelines highlight the need to ensure your organisation is up-to-date with state-based requirements and changes to legislation.


Diver Medical Technicians (DMTs) applying for their Poisons permits in Western Australia may find they now need a National Police Clearance. Changes to the Code of Practice for Poisons Permits for Medical Treatment (2013) require persons administering Schedule 4 Prescription Only Medicine (for humans) to be:

– a registered nurse who is also registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); or
– have a National Police Clearance completed every 3 years.

Go to the Western Australian Police website for more information about the National Police Clearance.

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