No, the medicines health care professionals can prescribe depends on their registration as a prescriber, and their scope or area of practice.
There are 2 categories of prescriber in Aotearoa New Zealand:
- Authorised prescribers can independently prescribe any medicine that relates to their area of practice. This group includes nurse practitioners, optometrists, dentists, medical practitioners and registered midwives.
- Designated prescribers can only prescribe from a list of medicines published by the Director-General of Health. They are expected to prescribe in consultation with, and supervised by, an authorised prescriber. This group includes pharmacist, dietitian and registered nurse prescribers.
After becoming a prescriber, ongoing training is compulsory so prescribers can continue to work safely. Employers also have a responsibility to ensure prescribers undertake the relevant training and development, so their knowledge and skills remain up to date.