DTC Representation

NSW TAG and TAG Net members represent Drug and Therapeutics Committees (DTC) at both the institutional and Local Health District (LHD) level within NSW.

Below are the details of DTCs currently represented by the NSW TAG membership.

Metropolitan NSW Local Health Districts

LHD
DTC
Central Coast
District DTC covers the following hospitals:

Gosford, Long Jetty, Woy Woy, Wyong

Note: Committee details are yet to been provided

Illawarra Shoalhaven
District covered by Wollongong Hospital DTC:

Bulli, Coledale, Port Kembla, Shellharbour (Kiama), Shoalhaven (Milton Ulladulla, David Berry)

Note: Committee details are yet to been provided

Nepean Blue Mountains
DTC Name: NBMLHD Drug and Therapeutics Committee / Nepean Hospital, Blue Mountains Hospital, Springwood Hospital, Lithgow Hospital, Hawkesbury Hospital, Port Tabulam Health Centre

Main activities of DTC: formulary, medication safety, IPU approvals, protocol/policy/guideline approval

DTC Chair Name: Dr Bruce Graham / Anaesthetist

Email: bhgram@gmail.com

DTC Secretary Name: Ms Ruby Samson / Director of Pharmacy Nepean Hospital

Email:  ruby.samson@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 4734 3410

DTC subcommittees: District Medication Safety Committee, Anticoagulation Committee, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Mental Health Medication Safety Committee / all located at Nepean Hospital

Northern Sydney
Greenwich Hospital DTC (and Neringah)

Royal Rehabilitation Centre DTC

Northern Sydney LHD Mental Health DTC

District DTC covers the following hospitals:

Hornsby Ku–ring–gai, Macquarie, Manly and Mona Vale, Royal North Shore and Ryde

Note: Committee details are yet to been provided

South Eastern Sydney
DTC Name: Prince of Wales Drug and Therapeutics Committee

Main activities of DTC: protocol/policy/guideline approval, make recommendations to the SESLHD QUM committee and POWH executives on all matters relating to quality, safety and cost-effective use of medicines, review adverse drug reaction reports, table IPU decisions, safety notices reviewed and noted

DTC Chair Name: Acting Chair- Dr Timothy Brighton

Email:  Not provided

DTC Secretary Name: Louise Thomson and Chi Tran

Email:  louise.thomson@health.nsw.gov.au   chi.tran@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: Not provided

DTC subcommittees:  POWH Medication Safety Subcommittee (including High Risk Medicines Consultation groups)

Note: Calvary Healthcare, Gower Wilson (Lord Howe Island), Royal Hospital for Women, St George, Sutherland, Sydney & Sydney Eye Hospital, War Memorial are yet to provide their committee details.

South Western Sydney
DTC Name: Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals Drug Advisory Committee

Main activities of DTC: See attached Terms of Reference

DTC Chair Name: Dr Ho Choong

Email:  Not provided

DTC Secretary Name: Rhea McFarland

Email:  rhea.mcfarland@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 4634 3114

DTC subcommittees: Campbelltown AMS committee

Note: Bankstown–Lidcombe, Bowral, Braeside, Fairfield, Liverpool hospitals are yet to provide their committee details.

Sydney
DTC Name: Canterbury Hospital Drug and Therapeutics Committee

Main activities of DTC: Formulary, medication safety, IPU approvals, approval of protocol/policy/guidelines, dissemination and formulation of actions required from correspondence, review of costs associated with stock usage, review of audit results/

DTC Chair Name: Dr Eileen Rogan, Acting Director of Medical Services

Email:  eileen.rogan@health.nsw.gov.au

DTC Secretary Name: Ms Jocelyn Ong, Director of Pharmacy

Email:  jocelyn.ong@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 9787 0219

DTC subcommittees:  The DTC sends its minutes up to the SLHD Medication Safety and Quality Use of Medicines Committee. There is a joint Concord and Canterbury Hospital AMS committee. There is also eMeds committees on various levels but I can’t say that they’ve reported much to us or us to them.

 

DTC Name: Concord Repatriation General Hospital Drug and Therapeutics Committee – covers CRGH and District Drug Health Services

Main activities of DTC: Medication Incidents, Adverse Reactions, Pharmacist Interventions, Expenditure, Policies/Procedures/Guidelines/Standing Orders/Nurse Initiated etc., Compliance with Medication Safety Standards, Formulary and IPU submissions, New Medication Charts and Forms

DTC Chair Name: Dr Elizabeth Fugaccia, Staff Specialist (Medical Administration)

Email: Elizabeth.fugaccia@health.nsw.gov.au

DTC Secretary Name: Garry Soo, Acting Director of Pharmacy

Email:  garry.soo@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 9767 6480

DTC subcommittees: Medication Safety Working Party, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee reports to DTC but is not a DTC subcommittee

 

DTC Name: RPAH Drug and Therapeutics Committee

Main activities of DTC: formulary, medication safety, IPU approvals, protocol/policy/guideline approval

DTC Chair Name: Dr Bridin Murnion, Senior Staff Specialist, Drug Health Services, CRGH and RPAH Chair, Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, RPAH Visiting Fellow

Email: bridin.murnion@sydney.edu.au

DTC Secretary Name: Silvia Kovac/Russell Levy

Email:  silvia.kovac@health.nsw.gov.au   Russell.levy@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 9515 8259

DTC subcommittees: IPU subcommitee

Note: Balmain hospital is yet to provide their committee details.

Western Sydney
District DTC covers the following hospitals:

Blacktown and Mount Druitt, Cumberland (Mental Health), Westmead and Auburn

Note: Committee details are yet to been provided

Specialty Networks
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead)

Justice and Forensic Mental Health Network

Note: Committee details are yet to been provided

Additional LHN
DTC Name: St Vincent’s Health Network Drug and Therapeutics Committee (DTC)

  • St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney
  • St Joseph’s Hospital Auburn

Main activities of DTC:

  • Oversight of the medicines management systems within SVH network
  • Evaluation and approval of drugs for inclusion on the SVH Formulary
  • Evaluation and approval of drugs requested under the Individual Patient Use approval scheme
  • Determination of the range, number and quantities of medications to be made available in SVH Network
  • Development and approval of medication protocols and procedures that support the quality, safe and cost effective use of medicines
  • Provision of effective communication and monitoring of DTC decisions and procedures
  • Assistance in the implementation of NSW Health policies concerning medications and medication management
  • Acting as a reference point for NSW Ministry of Health Policy Directives (PDs) directed to Drug and Therapeutics Committees.
  • Oversight of compliance with Medication Safety Standards, including Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Standards
  • Governance of medication incident reporting systems as delegated by the Drug and Therapeutics Committee to the Medication Safety Committee
  • Oversight of strategies for medication error prevention
  • Responding to, advising or referring to Patient Safety and Quality Committee as appropriate
  • Making recommendations to the Patient Safety and Quality Committee when appropriate
  • Approval of all specialty medication charts for use in SVHN
  • Approval and review of standing orders for medication administration
  • Approval and review of nurse initiated medications
  • Approval and oversight of quality use of medicines and medication safety in eMM systems
  • Formation and oversight of sub-committees and working parties with relevant expertise for specific purpose related to the quality use of medicine
  • Review of adverse drug reaction reports
  • Responding to drug recalls

DTC Chair Name: Professor Terry Campbell – Professor of Medicine and Director of Research

Email:  t.campbell@unsw.edu.au

DTC Secretary Name: Terry Melocco – Director of Pharmacy (SVH)

Email:  terry.melocco@svha.org.au

Phone: 02 8382 2092

DTC subcommittees:

  • SVH Medication Safety Committee
  • SVH Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
  • SVH Mental Health Drug Committee
  • SVH Haematology/Oncology Pharmaceutical Review Committee
  • St Joseph’s Hospital Drug Committee

Rural & Regional NSW Local Health Districts

Far West
DTC Name: Far West LHD Drug and Therapeutics Committee – Balranald, Broken Hill, Ivanhoe, Menindee, Tibooburra, Wentworth, Wilcannia Hospitals

Main activities of DTC: responsible for formulary, medication safety, IPU and compassionate supply approvals, policy/procedure/guideline approval ; also incorporates Blood & blood products quarterly and Antimicrobial Stewardship, also reporting quarterly as insufficient resources/need for these to run as separate committees. Oversee work associated with National Standards 3,4,7, eMEDs.

DTC Chair Name: Ruth Martin, District Chief Pharmacist

Email:  Ruth.Martin@health.nsw.gov.au

DTC Secretary Name: Rachael Groves, Medical Administration CSO

Email:  Rachael.Groves@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 08 8080 1280

DTC subcommittees: none. eMEDs steering committee is stand alone. Other related committees as above.

Hunter New England
DTC Name: John Hunter Hospital Quality Use of Medicines Committee

Main activities of DTC: Formulary and IPU approval, guideline and procedure approval, medication safety

DTC Chair Name: Dr R Pickles, Infectious Diseases and General Medicine Consultant Physician.  Deputy – Prof I Whyte, Consultant Pharmacologist/Physician

Email: Robert.Pickles@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au     Ian.Whyte@newcastle.edu.au

DTC Secretary Name: Paula Doherty, Pharmacy Service Manager

Email:  Paula.Doherty@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Phone:  02 4921 3635

DTC subcommittees: Medication Safety Working Party, Antimicrobial Stewardship Working party, Biologics Working Party (place in therapy, formulary, IPU, safety, cost and efficacy issues regarding new and biosimilar biological products)

 

DTC Name: HNE LHD Lower Hunter Sector DTC

Main activities of DTC: IPU and approvals. Very little formulary.

DTC Chair Name: Dr Pooshan Navathe, Director of Medical Services, LHS

Email:  Not provided

DTC Secretary Name: Bob Pearce, Director of Pharmacy

Email:  Robert.pearce@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 4939 2226

DTC subcommittees: Medication safety working party

Mid North Coast
Coffs Harbour Hospital DTC* (Bellingen, Dorrigo, Macksville)

Port Macquarie Base Hospital DTC (Kempsey, Wauchope)

Note: Committee details are yet to been provided

Murrumbidgee
DTC Name: Wagga Wagga Health Service WWHS – local

Main activities of DTC: medication safety, IPU approvals, local WWHS protocol/policy/guideline

DTC Chair Name: Dr Pankaj Banga

Email:  pankaj.banga@health.nsw.gov.au

DTC Secretary Name: Jeannine Delemare – Chief Pharmacist WWHS

Email:  jeannine.delemare@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 02 5943 1066

DTC subcommittees: WWHS Medication Safety is incorporated into DTC at this stage; AMS, eMEDS separate at this stage

Note: Barham Koondrook, Batlow, Berigan, Boorowa, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Corowa, Culcairn, Deniliquin, Finley, Griffith, Gundagai, Hay, Henty, Hillston, Holbrook, Jerilderie, Junee, Lake Cargelligo, Leeton, Lockhart, Murrumburrah-Harden, Narrandera, Temora, Tocumwal, Tumbarumba, Tumut*, Urana, West Wyalong and Young hospitals are yet to provide their committee details.

Northern NSW
DTC Name: Tweed Byron Area DTC covers Tweed, Murwillumbah and Byron Central hospitals within the NNSWLHD, we then report to LHD DTC

Main activities of DTC: DTC reviews and approve all local Standing orders, drug related procedures,  formulary, medication safety, IPU approvals and basically anything medication related

DTC Chair Name: Currently occupied by locum, substantive role is DMS

Email:  NNSWLHD-TBHSG-DMS@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

DTC Secretary Name: Ricky Che – Director of Pharmacy

Email:  ricky.che@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 07 5506 7624

DTC subcommittees: we have local AMS reporting to DTC

Note: Clarence Health Service Group (Grafton, Maclean), Richmond Health Service Group (Ballina, Bonalbo, Casino, Coraki, Kyogle, Lismore Base, Nimbin, Urbenville) are yet to provide their committee details

Southern NSW
DTC Name: SNSWLHD Drug and Therapeutics and Medication Safety Committee; covers Bateman’s Bay and Moruya, Pambula, Cooma (Bombala, Delegate), Crookwell and Yass

Main activities of DTC: quality improvement and AMS and incident reporting and eMEDS and accreditation

DTC Chair Name: Dr Dennis Pisk

Email: dennis.pisk@health.nsw.gov.au

DTC Secretary Name: Gabrielle Couch and Danielle Hanson

Email:  gabrielle.couch@health.nsw.gov.au    Danielle.hanson@health.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 0419 421 411

DTC subcommittees: Not provided

Note: Bega, Eurobodalla, Goulburn and Queanbeyan hospitals are yet to provide their committee details.

Western NSW
District DTC covers the following hospitals:

Dubbo Base Hospital Pharmacy Network (Baradine, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Collarenebri, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Dubbo, Dunedoo, Gilgandra, Goodooga, Gulargambone, Gulgong, Lightening Ridge, Mudgee, Narromine, Nyngan, Rylstone, Trangie, Walgett, Warren, Wellington)

Eastern–Southern Cluster* (Bathurst, Blayney, Canowindra, Condobolin, Cowra, Cudal, Eugowra, Forbes, Grenfell, Hillend, Molong, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Peak Hill, Tottenham, Trundle, Tullamore)

Mental Health-Orange Health Service (Bloomfield site)

Note: Committee details are yet to been provided