Griffith University team to undertake National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Audit

 A research team from Griffith University has been appointed to undertake an audit of unwanted medicines returned from all states and territories, collected by The Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Project (NatRUM), and also a general population awareness survey.

Below (from left): NatRUM Project Manager Toni Riley; Griffith Uni NatRUM team members Alejandra Gallardo-Godoy; Fiona Kelly, Amanda Wheeler, Emilie Bettington


The purpose of NatRUM program is to facilitate the collection and disposal of unwanted and returned medicines across the whole of Australia. NatRUM Ltd is a national not for profit company, specifically registered for this sole purpose. It is fully funded by the Australian Government until June 2018.

A previous audit was conducted in 2013 and the conclusions noted that the NatRUM program is a critically important and highly valuable public health initiative, safeguarding the health of consumers in Australia, and the environment.

It is anticipated that this next audit will build on the previous body of evidence and provide an extrapolation of the value of wastage to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme by comparison with available PBS dispensing data and provide further information for consideration and use in the broader post market monitoring program of medicine use.

The aims of the audit are two-fold. Firstly, a detailed analysis of the types and amounts of medicines being disposed of will be undertaken. Secondly, a consumer household survey will be undertaken to estimate the numbers of Australian households who are using this service, and for those who are not, how awareness of this program may be increased.

For further information, contact:

Toni Riley

Project Manager

03 9583 8699  or Mobile 0409 503 930