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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, 8am to 8pm AEDT.
  • Call the Poisons Information Centre, 24 hours a day on 13 11 26, if you have concerns about your medicines arising from an overdose or suspected poisoning,
  • For health emergencies, call triple zero (000).

Program, apps and tools

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - NPS MedicineWise.

Last reviewed: December 2021

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Complementary medicines explained

Complementary medicines are taken by millions of Australians & sold in supermarkets and pharmacies. Find out more about them, & how to use them safely. 

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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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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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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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Influenza vaccines and COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines and annual flu jabs are now available. Find out everything you need to know to be protected against both of these potentially severe infections.

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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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Episode 19: Opioids special #1: Tapering opioids in partnership with patients with chronic non-cancer pain

In this episode Dr Anna Samecki talks with accredited pharmacist Kara Joyce, who has been overseeing the new NPS MedicineWise program on Dementia and changed behaviours: a person-centred approach.

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Update your medicines list now – you’ll need it if you go to hospital - NPS MedicineWise

If you take one or more regular medicines, now is the time to make sure you have an up-to-date list of all the medicines you take

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Taking medicines when breastfeeding - NPS MedicineWise

When you are breastfeeding, medicines you take may pass into your breastmilk. Deciding to use any medicine involves weighing up the potential benefits and risks.

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Spirometry and its role in diagnosing children’s asthma - NPS MedicineWise

Spirometry can support a diagnosis of asthma for children aged 6 years and over, and for ongoing patient monitoring. Find out more about spirometry for children.

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