Towards a medicinewise Australia

At NPS we want all Australians to be medicinewise and experience the health and economic benefits this brings. 

We work with consumers, healthcare professionals, government and industry to improve the health of all Australians through targeted educational campaigns, professional development activities and publications. Our programs are subject to rigorous evaluation to ensure that we are providing the services required to meet our goal. 

Being medicinewise means knowing the right questions to ask about medicines and medical tests and where to get trusted information. It starts with taking an active role in your health decisions through talking with your health professionals. 

For professionals it’s putting into practice the principles of the quality use of medicines and medical tests, which involve safe, wise and judicious prescribing and dispensing, and appropriate medical test referrals. 

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Medicines and medical tests

Medicines are one of our most common medical interventions. Anything you seek a therapeutic effect from — regardless where you bought it — is a medicine.

Medical tests can be used to diagnose an illness or condition, or to monitor an on-going health condition. The term medical tests covers pathology, such as blood tests, and imaging such as x-rays. 

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To get the most out of Australia’s substantial investment in healthcare and access to medicines, it’s important we understand how medicines are actually used. 

MedicineInsight is a new NPS program that aims to improve understanding of prescribing behaviour in Australian general practice. 

Learn more about the MedicineInsight program.

Building the evidence base

Our work is evidence-based. To improve health, it’s essential to find good evidence about what works and apply that evidence to bring about improved outcomes. When implementing programs, it’s important to evaluate their impacts and to understand issues that affect implementation to ensure that programs continue to be delivered effectively and efficiently.

Read more about our research.

Find out how we evaluate our work.


We have a range of free publications providing the latest information on medicines, health conditions and medical tests. 

For everyone

MedicinesTalk is written by consumers for consumers. It’s is a free quarterly newsletter that gives you reliable, accurate information and useful hints on managing your medicines.

Medicine Update – When it comes to new medicines, how do you decide if ‘new’ is ‘better’? Medicine Update helps you to answer this question as new medicines become available or are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Medicinewise Living is a monthly e-newsletter that provides previews from MedicinesTalk, news on medicines profiled in Medicine Update, important information about your medicines, tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and updates on our work here at NPS.

For health professionals

Australian Prescriber is an independent publication providing readily accessible information about drugs and therapeutics, distributed 6 times a year to more than 55,000 health professionals and students.

NPS RADAR provides timely and independent information to prescribers and consumers on new and revised listings to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule. 

MedicineWise News provides health professionals with succinct, current, independent information on therapeutic and other topics. 

NPS Direct, a new monthly digital newsletter for all health professionals who want to keep up to date with news at NPS.