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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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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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Oral COVID-19 medicines

Oral medicines to treat COVID-19 are now available in Australia. Read this factsheet to learn more about these medicines, who can take them and if they are an option for you.

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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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Real-time prescription monitoring (SafeScript)

A series of three modules to train prescribers and pharmacists on the use of the SafeScript system. 

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Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations for acute pain - NPS MedicineWise

Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations may be an alternative to codeine-based analgesics for short-term management of pain. Find out more

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Osteoarthritis explained

Knee pain, hip pain, aching joints: these common complaints can be caused by osteoarthritis. Find out how it can be managed.

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Stream episode Low back pain - Providing reassurance, encouraging activity and reducing reliance on imaging by NPS MedicineWise podcast | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

Play Low back pain - Providing reassurance, encouraging activity and reducing reliance on imaging by NPS MedicineWise on desktop and mobile. Play over 265 million tracks for free on SoundCloud.

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Dementia and changed behaviours: supporting the person at the centre - NPS MedicineWise

Person-centred care for patients with changed behaviours relies on comprehensive assessment and a multidisciplinary approach

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Biological medicines and COVID-19 FAQs - NPS MedicineWise

Biological medicines are being studied for their effectiveness and safety as a treatment for COVID-19. Here’s what we know so far.

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Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19 – we don't know if it is safe or if it works - NPS MedicineWise

Despite news reports from around the world touting it as a wonder drug, Australians are being reminded that the use of the medicine hydroxychloroquine for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 is experimental, and should only be used by people with COVID-19 in a clinical trial setting or for severely ill patients in hospital

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