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NPS MedicineWise

NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit, evidence-based and consumer-centred organisation, working to improve the way health technologies, medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used.

Established in 1998 with the primary aim of promoting quality use of medicines, today it has grown to connect with health consumers and health professionals nation-wide, changing attitudes and behaviours, and empowering all Australians to make the best possible healthcare decisions when they count.

Vision and mission

To enable people to make and act on the best decisions about medicines, medical tests, health technologies and other options for better heath and economic outcomes.

Its work ensures that people can access the best care and achieve the best value, considering individual circumstances.

How NPS Medicinewise can help

NPS MedicineWise provides practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests.

Information lines

Call the NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) for information on prescription, over-the-counter and complementary (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamin and mineral) medicines over the phone from anywhere in Australia.

Calls from anywhere except QLD and VIC are triaged by Healthdirect Australia. Hours of operation: Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST (excluding NSW public holidays).

Call the Adverse Medicine Events Line on 1300 134 237 from anywhere in Australia. Hours of operation: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm AEST (excluding public holidays).

For emergencies - if you have concerns about your medicines arising from an overdose or suspected poisoning, call the Poisons Information Centre, 24 hours a day on 13 11 26. For general emergencies call 000.

Program, apps and tools

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - NPS MedicineWise.

Last reviewed: February 2020

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Mild asthma: practical considerations and a new treatment option - NPS MedicineWise

Navigating treatment options for mild asthma includes practical considerations, shared decision-making and treatment guidelines.

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Medicines for treating asthma - NPS MedicineWise

Asthma medicines can be classified as relievers, which work quickly to help with symptoms, and preventers, which help in the long run to reduce airway inflammation. Find out more about asthma medicines.

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Using medicines at school - NPS MedicineWise

You, your child and their teachers should all know what medicines your child takes, where they are kept and how to use them – especially in an emergency.

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What every parent should know about coughs, colds, earaches and sore throats - NPS MedicineWise

Children's coughs, colds, earaches and sore throats can worry you and make them miserable. Find out how to help your child feel better, and when to seek further advice. 

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Asthma and children: diagnosis and treatment - NPS MedicineWise

Children's asthma requires accurate diagnosis, regular treatment and review. Find out more about the importance of spirometry, age-appropriate medicines and written asthma action plans for children with asthma.

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Preventing motion sickness in children - Australian Prescriber

The following general points should be considered when managing children who are prone to motion sickness: As motion sickness induces gastric stasis, it slows drug absorption, so preventing symptoms from occurring is more effective than trying to treat them after symptom onset

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Asthma explained

Asthma is a long-term (chronic) disease of the airways. Find out how a proper treatment plan can help you manage asthma and lead a healthy, active life.

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Making wise choices about medicines - NPS MedicineWise

Learn about how to weigh up the pros & cons of taking a medicine & how to work with your health professional to make the right decisions for you.

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Tips for giving medicine to children safely: don’t mix with juice or bake in a cupcake - NPS MedicineWise

A new set of three short videos from NPS MedicineWise and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network gives practical tips for parents and carers giving medicine to children this winter cold and flu season

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Vaccines & immunisation

Read about immunisation & the vaccines available to protect you, your child & the community from infectious diseases such as hepatitis & whooping cough.

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