Schedule 8 Medicines Prescribing Code - Western Australia


You are required to comply with this code when prescribing Schedule 8 medicines in Western Australia. If you are an authorised prescriber of Schedule 8 medicines, you may prescribe opioids for the treatment of pain without acquiring individual authorisation, so long as prescribing is in accordance with the code. Prescribing Schedule 8 benzodiazepines or any Schedule 8 opioid treatment that meets any of the criteria set out in Section 2.5.1 of the code requires prior authorisation for each patient.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Medicines and Poisons Act 2014 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Medicines and Poisons Regulations 2016 Western Australia

Administering agency

Department of Health

Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch

Contact details

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Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch

Department of Health

Mailing address: Perth Business Centre
PO BOX 8172
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Phone: 08 9222 6883