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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.

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Last reviewed: February 2020

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Gaming for chronic low back pain management  - NPS MedicineWise

Can gaming-based exercise (‘exergaming’)  be considered exercise for chronic low back pain? Find out about some recent studies.

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Medicines & dementia: what you need to know

Find resources to help you communicate about dementia & your care. Learn about the role of medicines in managing dementia. 

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Heart disease and stroke risk – what can be done?  - NPS MedicineWise

Diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels include angina, coronary heart disease, and stroke. Find out the causes and what can be done to prevent these conditions.

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Chronic pain explained - NPS MedicineWise

Chronic pain is pain that continues beyond expected healing time. Learn about managing chronic pain including information on opioid & non-opioid medicines. 

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For asthma – children are not small adults - NPS MedicineWise

With asthma, children are not small adults. Find out more about best practice management of children's asthma.

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Asthma diagnosis and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic - NPS MedicineWise

Health practitioners should encourage all patients with asthma to: know how to use their reliever and preventer medicines (if required) continue taking all medicines required to keep their asthma well controlled during this time

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Type 2 diabetes, explained - NPS MedicineWise

Almost one million people in Australia have type 2 diabetes. Find out what type 2 diabetes is, its complications & effective management—including tests & monitoring.

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Managing hay fever - NPS MedicineWise

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and grasses. Find out how to reduce the symptoms and have a sneeze-free springtime.

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Living with dementia: making treatment decisions - NPS MedicineWise

People living with dementia have the right to make decisions about their care & treatment. Find out more about advance care planning for dementia.

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Keeping rheumatoid arthritis in check – start early to save your joints - NPS MedicineWise

Taking the first step and getting medical help for joint pain can be hard, but for autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, delaying treatment can lead to increased permanent joint damage and disability

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