Home Medication Review

A Home Medication Review (HMR) Service is available to an eligible Patient whose GP determines that a HMR is clinically necessary to address the Patient’s needs and optimise the Patient’s quality use of medicines. A complete HMR Service includes the service provided by the GP, the HMR Service Provider and the Patient’s choice of usual Community Pharmacy from the time the Patient is identified through to the implementation and ongoing monitoring of the medication management plan.

The HMR Programme is to enhance the quality use of medicines and reduce the number of adverse medicines events, by assisting consumers to better manage and understand their medicines through a medication review conducted by an Accredited Pharmacist in the Patient’s home.

The objectives of a HMR are to:

  • Achieve safe, effective, and appropriate use of medicines by detecting and addressing medicinerelated problems that interfere with desired Patient outcomes;
  • Improve the Patient’s quality of life and health outcomes using a best practice approach, that involves cooperation between the GP, pharmacist, other relevant health professionals and the Patient (and where appropriate, their carer);
  • Improve the Patient’s, and health professional’s knowledge and understanding of medicines;
  • Facilitate cooperative working relationships between members of the health care team in the interests of Patient health and wellbeing; and
  • Provides medication information to the Patient and other health care providers involved in the Patient’s care.

A complete HMR Service includes the service provided by the GP, the HMR Service Provider and the Patient’s choice of usual Community Pharmacy from the time the Patient is identified through to the implementation and ongoing monitoring of the medication management plan.

(extracted from; 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement – Programme Specific Guidelines, July 2015, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia)