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National QUM Indicators for Australian Hospitals

Process indicators to measure quality use of medicines (QUM) in Australian Hospitals have now been updated and revised with funding support from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC). New discharge medication management and acute mental health indicators have been developed. A number of tools have also been developed to facilitate use of the indicators, including data collection tools for each indicator, detailed sampling guidance and matrices mapping the indicators against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

The indicators aim to test various aspects of the quality use of medicines including appropriateness, effectiveness and safety. Some indicators focus on clinical management of particular conditions; others evaluate continuity of care and medication management policies and can be applied to the management of any or all conditions. The indicators can be used by all types of hospitals across Australia to identify practice gaps and facilitate quality improvement.

Manual of National QUM Indicators for Australian Hospitals

The full manual of the National Quality Use of Medicines Indicators for Australian Hospitals can be downloaded here:

PDF ~ 1.5 MB  |  MS_Word ~ 3 MB

Sections of the manual

Sections of the manual can be downloaded as follows:


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  • the inclusion of an acknowledgement of the source
  • indicators being reproduced without variation from the original

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Recommended citation

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group Inc. (2014), National Quality Use of Medicine Indicators for Australian Hospitals. ACSQHC, Sydney.

Archived Indicator Documents

Please contact the NSW TAG office if you require older versions of the indicators (2007, 1998 and 1997).