Structured Administration and Supply Arrangements
Most medicines authorities (such as administer, dispense or prescribe) for registered health practitioners are listed in the Medicines and Poisons Regulations. These are linked to national registration categories and are fixed. Only a person authorised to prescribe may write a prescription or instruct another practitioner to administer a medicine.
In some other specific circumstances a Structured Administration and Supply Arrangement can be used authorise a health practitioner (who is not a prescriber) to supply or administer a medicine.
What is a SASA?
A SASA is a written direction that authorises a health
practitioner to administer or supply a medicine to any patient meeting the specified
circumstances. A SASA means that a separate prescription or written direction to
use the medicine is not required for each individual patient.
Types of SASA
A SASA may be issued by:
- The Chief Executive Officer of Health that can apply to any practitioner working in WA.
- A hospital or health service that may apply to health practitioners employed by that organisation.
- A medical practitioner for a health practitioner employed by the medical practitioner.
Hospital/Health service SASA
A hospital or health service permit holder may issue a SASA that can be used by certain health practitioners employed by that organisation. A health service permit is a type of permit issued under the Medicines and Poisons Regulations to first aid and medical treatment businesses, such as ambulance services.
The Guidance Note: Structured Administration and Supply Arrangements for Hospitals and Health Services (Word 397KB) includes:
- what can be authorised and the restrictions of this type of SASA
- information on how to write a SASA
- a suggested document template.
A copy of the Hospital or Health Service SASA needs to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Medicines and Poisons Regulation Branch
Mailing address: PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, WA 6849
Phone: 9222 6883