PBS - Hospital Medication Chart

A PBS compliant hospital medication chart can be used in public and private hospitals for prescribing, dispensing, supplying and claiming medicines directly.


You can prescribe, dispense, supply and claim Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) items directly from a PBS compliant Hospital Medication Chart (PBS HMC). You can do this in public and private hospital settings.

Who is affected

This initiative was introduced as a 2014-15 Budget measure  and affects:

  • approved prescribers
  • approved suppliers
  • nurses and administration staff.

working in PBS eligible public and private hospital settings.

The PBS HMC is an alternative PBS option that can be used for eligible PBS items without the need for a separate paper PBS prescription.

The PBS HMC was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)  from the National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC)  and retains the safety elements of the NIMC while incorporating additional fields to enable PBS prescribing and supply.

Benefits of using the PBS HMC

This change aims to:

  • reduce the regulatory and administrative burden for health professionals
  • improve quality and safety of medication management
  • improve efficiency in the hospital setting by providing an alternative option for prescribing, dispensing, supplying, and claiming of PBS medicines.

Phased introduction

These changes have been implemented in phases.

Phase 1 introduced a trial of a PBS compliant paper-based hospital medication chart in select public and private hospitals.

The phase 1 trial commenced in a small number of private hospitals in March 2015 and public hospitals in May 2015.

Phase 2 commences 1 July 2016 and enables the rollout of the PBS compliant paper HMC to all public and private hospitals.

Page last updated: 30 October 2019