Western Australian Therapeutics Advisory Group (WATAG)

The Western Australian Therapeutics Advisory Group (WATAG) promotes rational therapeutic drug use and provides independent advice to health professionals and health services on issues relating to the use of drugs and therapeutics in Western Australian public hospitals and the wider community.

WATAG has representation on the Council for Australia Therapeutic Advisory Groups (CATAG). The function of CATAG is to enable interjurisdictional communication, information sharing and collaboration to develop nationally consistent positions that promote the optimum use of medicines in hospitals.

The WATAG committees include:

Critical medicines list

Stockholding values indicate the recommended minimum only; actual values at any given time may vary due to usage, stock expiration and supply issues. Values should therefore be used as a guide only.

View the Critical medicines list (PDF 196KB)

Clinical guidelines and advisory notes




  • Cannabis based products quick guide (PDF 426KB)
  • Idarucizumab for reversal of anticoagulant effect of dabigatran – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Melatonin Formulary note – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Nivolumab Formulary note – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Palivizumab prophylaxis for respiratory syncitial virus in infants (PDF 1MB)
  • Rifaximin in hepatic encephalopathy guidelines – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Rituximab Inflammatory Myositis Advisory Note – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Rituximab NMDAR Encephalitis Advisory Note – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Rituximab Pemphigus Advisory Note – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Silodosin Formulary note – please refer to Formulary 1
  • Sugammadex guidelines – please refer to Formulary 1 
  • Tapentadol Formulary note – please refer to Formulary 1


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2017 Symposium – System solutions for medication safety: building quality, reducing costs and improving safety
Presentations Presenter
Program (PPT 376KB)
‘Formulary One’. Introducing the Statewide Medicines Formulary (PPT 4.8MB)
Dominic Goodwin
Everything you need to know about Dose Error Reduction Software in 20 minutes or less (PPT 411KB)
Jeanie Misko/Breigh Ridley
From data-vault to dashboard: using business intelligence tools to improve medication safety culture (external site)
Michael Petrovski
Automated electronic to paper medication chart transcription at ICU discharge: safety, accuracy and staff satisfaction (PPT 6.5MB)
Maddaleine Hunt
Automation Theatre Pharmacist: an innovative and exciting role in pharmacy service (PPT 16.1MB)
Ashleigh Lawrence
Antipsychotics and physical health – the clozapine resources (PPT 3.5MB)
Dr Nathan Gibson
Data analytics and antimicrobial stewardship: innovative solutions customised for WA Health (PDF 5.45MB)
Michelle Stirling/Dr Susan Benson
Education, vaccination and antibiotics – improving the management of our splenectomy patients (PPT 3.9MB)
Katie Jodrell/Karen Watt
Enhancing confidence for the neonatal care-giver administration of medicines (PPT 1.9MB)
Nabeelah Mukadam
The implementation of innovative practices towards safer management of acute agitation and arousal
in children and adolescents leading to development of novel Paediatric Agitation and Arousal Protocol and Medication chart (PPT 1.1MB) (Word 111KB)
Dr Yulia Zyrianova
Take 5 (PPT 3.2MB)
Nick May
‘Choosing Wisely’. What’s going on in WA? (PPT 1.1MB)
Dr Matthew Anstey
Medication safety – an after-hours perspective (PPT 6.6MB)
Dr Deepan Krishnasivam

2016 Symposium – Designing out errors: Working towards system solutions
Presentations Presenter
Program (PDF 483KB)
Medication errors: Minimising collateral damage (PDF 1.35MB) Nick May
Working together and managing medication safety in the home and clinical care setting (PDF 938KB) Miranda Nikolich
"Walk a mile in our shoes...Medication safety through the eyes of Junior Doctors" (PDF 602KB) Dr Aria Lokon
'Why don't doctors report clinical errors and incidents?' (PDF 2.08MB) Dr Arjun Shivananda
Manual vs Auto – Driving Medication Safety (PDF 2.32MB) Ken Tam
Clinical alert reporting: Electronic solutions to the rescue! (PDF 592KB) Samantha Hilmi, Dr Claire Tobin, Ralph Baker
PBS-HMC chart implementation – creating an electronic document workflow ImPROVES medication safety and efficiency (PDF 1.48MB) Chris Shenton, Sean Grieve
The reality of electronic discharge documents (PDF 476KB) Meeghan Clay
Reporting of prescribing incidents on admission to a tertiary hospital: actual versus reported (PDF 364KB) Andrew Campbell, Katherine Travers, Gillian Babe, Raymond Tang
Improving the accuracy of medication history through better utilisation of Patients Own Medicines (PDF 1.06MB) Brock Delfante
ABC: Making it easy! (with medications advice, blister packs, community pharmacies) (PDF 572KB) Patricia Peng
Reducing medication-related problems with an innovative, interdisciplinary, site-specific, targeted education model (PDF 1.63MB) | (external site) Stephanie Teoh
Promoting a culture of personal performance: An assessment and feedback program to improve prescribing (PDF 348KB) Nam-Anh Nguyen
Reducing medication-related problems with an innovative, interdisciplinary, targeted education model (PDF 435KB) Stephanie Teoh
Empowering staff knowledge and complaince with medications administration guidelines (PDF 480KB) Csilla Ambrus
From reflective learning to action: Reducing Medication-related problem (PDF 1.75MB) Stephanie Teoh
Oxygen therapy practices in a Tertiary Hospital in Perth, Western Australia - A retrospective audit (PDF 1017KB) Anam Kamran
Reducing codeine use in paediatric pain management (PDF 464KB) Kwi Moon, Jacqueline Kewley
Medication safety for palliative carers in the home (PDF 755KB) Robyn Ellis, Susan Hogan
Post-operative inpatients discharge analgesia guidelines (PDF 443KB) Julie Hodgson

2015 Symposium – Cultivating a culture of Medication Safety across the care Continuum
Presentations Presenter
Program (PDF 131KB)
"Medication Safety Culture" What does it look like? (PDF 438KB) Nick May
Incorporating feedback and assessment of prescribing performance for junior medical doctors – the development of an initiative to improve prescribing practices (PDF 565KB) Nam-Anh Nguyen, Danny Soo
Patient literacy: Developing information for consumers (PDF 1.01MB) Dr Liv Hibbitt
Health literacy and home medication review (PDF 700KB) Melita Jensen
Investigations into the subjective experience of side effects in mental health patients (PDF 2.72MB) Deena Ashoorian
PILLs, BILLs & QuILLs choice and medication (PDF 1.05MB) Margaret England
Medication management post discharge (PDF 652KB) Deidre Criddle, Dr Pradeep Jayasuriya
Smart infusion Pumps – from commissioning to real world use: the Fiona Stanley Hospital experience (PDF 1.68MB) Breigh Ridley, Jeanie Misko
Psychotropic stewardship, A step in the right directon (PDF 345KB) nicole Emmott, Sue Bascombe
The West Australian Point Prevalence Survey 2014: Medication Safety (PDF 1.18MB) Dr David Whyatt

2015 Symposium – Antimicrobial Stewardship and Standards; Achievements, Progress and the Road Ahead
Presentation Presenter
Program (PDF 568KB)
No Mug about Bugs (PDF 841KB) Dorothy Harrison
To Merit or Not to Merit (PDF 430KB) Sandra Polmear
Antimicrobial stewardship key performance indicators (PDF 871KB) Matthew Rawlins
Antimicrobial stewardship on the move: Utilisation of electronic medication management prescribed data to inform a mobile antimicrobial stewardship application (PDF 2.68MB) Jessica Del Gigante
Microbiology & Antimicrobial Stewardship: Improving diagnosis and targeting antibiotic therapy: Laboratory and Clinical Collaboration is Key (PDF 2.15MB) Susan Benson
Safe and Appropriate Antimicrobial Prescribing using a Highly Specialised Antimicrobial Medication Chart (AMC) (PDF 259KB) Evonne Fong
AMS implementation in private hospitals' (PDF 873KB) Os Cotta
Drilling Down: Using NAUSP data to inform Antimicrobial Stewardship activities at a department level (PDF 1.22MB) Michelle Stirling, Susan Benson
Adherence to Best Practice Management and Antimicrobial Prescribing: Clinical Care Standards in Patients with Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia (PDF 1.92MB) Dr Shafinaz Karim, Susan Benson
From chumps to champs? Early years of stewardship at PMH (PDF 2.14MB) Zoy Goff, Dr Tom Snelling

2014 Symposium – Medication Safety: Closing the loop
Presentation Presenter
Program (PDF119KB)
Patient knowledge and health literacy (PDF 493KB) Dr Martin Whitley
Singapore Electronic Medicines Management Experience (PDF 1.97MB) Angelina Tan
Statewide Medicines Formulary – develompment and vision (PDF 589KB) Rebecca Godfrey
Improving patient safety through standardisation (PDF 2.41MB) Helen Stark
'What, Why, Where and How?' Fitting OD's, IC's, Policies and Procedures into the picture for government and best practice? (PDF 2 .75MB) Kerry Fitzsimons
Abstract 1 – Customer satisfaction surveys (PDF 1.07MB) Monica Sajogo, Stephanie Teoh
Abstract 2 – Barcode scanning in the dispensing process (PDF 339KB) Christel Burgess, Claire Jenner
Patient Safety and National Standards 2014 – 'The bad, the good and the challenges ahead' (PDF 963KB) Sandy Thomson
Standard 4 accreditation: Lessons learned at SCGH (PDF 602KB) Gillian Babe
Generation of a culture of medication safety: Closing the loop using NSQHC Medication Safety Standard 4 (PDF 727KB) Dr Stephen Lim
Abstract 3 – Using an agitation and arousel chart (PDF 196MB) Jackie Kho
Abstract 4 – Improving practice: Increasing awareness of prescribing errors (PDF 341KB) Danny Soo, Michelle Gyr
From complaints we learn (PDF 1.03MB) Tahlis Jones, Dr Eric Khong

2014 Symposium – Antimicrobial Stewardship and Standards – The Road to Implementation
Presentation Presenter
Program (PDF 173KB)
Resisting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) - Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australia (PDF 1.2MB) Debbie Carter
A Vitamin T overdose? : An audit of piperacillin / tazobactam use at Royal Perth Hospital (PDF 129KB) Amelia Davis, Matthew Hanson
Improving Antimicrobial documentation with the use of an Antimicrobial Plan Sticker (PDF 637KB) Evonne Fong
Antimicrobial Stewardship and the pharmacist (PDF 906KB) Matthew Rawlins
Tablet application central to hospital antimicrobial stewardship program (PDF 978KB) Chris Shenton
Implementation of a Hospital Paediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (PDF 977KB) Mona Mostaghim, Tom Snelling
Antimicrobial stewardship in the community (PPT 5.49MB) Shirley Harrison
These children get sicker, quicker (PDF 723KB) Dr David Gaskell
Development of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Swan Districts Hospital - A work in progress (PDF 1.3MB) Dr Marilyn Hassell
Antimicrobial stewardship in a mental health setting (PDF 368KB) Sandra Mazarakis
Graylands Drug Bulletins

More information

Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Address: 189 Royal Street
East Perth WA 6004
Phone: (08) 9222 6450
Email: WATAG@health.wa.gov.au