Be Medicinewise Week

22–28 August 2016

Be Medicinewise Week 2016 will be held in August. Please keep checking back for more information or email

Get involved

Become involved with Be Medicinewise Week and encourage medicinewise behaviour.

Download our campaign toolkit to find out more about the week and access useful materials and resources.

Download the overall campaign poster You're never too old/cool/early/small/busy to be medicinewise.

Be medicinewise when pregnant and breastfeeding

Pregnant woman holding medicationSome medicines are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but some have risks. For pregnant women or those planning to be, it is important to consider the effect any medicine may have on the development of the baby. When breastfeeding, remember that medicines taken may pass into breast milk.

Using a medicine at these life stages involves weighing up potential benefits and risks and asking the right questions.

Be medicinewise with children

Small child playing with a stethoscopeSmall mistakes can cause big problems in little bodies, so parents and carers need to know how to give medicines to children safely. Knowing how to accurately measure and administer medicines to children will help to avoid accidental overdosing or underdosing. It's important to read the label, know the active ingredient, dose according to weight and age, keep records and be prepared.

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Be medicinewise as a teenager/young adult

Teenager on a patterned backgroundWhen it's time to go out on your own and start taking care of your own health and medicines, it's important to know the right questions to ask and learn medicinewise practices. The teen years are an important time – your body is growing and changing, you may be spending more time away from home because of study, recreation or work. Know what questions to ask, learn medicinewise practices and find out who's who in your healthcare.

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Be medicinewise when medicines are part of your life

Business man on a patterned backgroundYou're never too busy to be medicinewise. If you take one or more medicines on a regular basis, then being medicinewise includes finding ways that help you remember to take medicines at the right time and the right dose and deal with complicated medicine schedules.

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Be medicinewise as you're getting older

Gentleman on a patterned background holding a packet of tabletsThe gradual process of ageing means that older people's bodies handle medicines slightly differently than younger people's bodies. For example, some older people are more sensitive to a medicine's intended effects, side effects and interactions. The changes to the body as we age need to be taken into account and can affect a health professional's recommendations regarding the types and doses of medicine that are suitable for an older person.

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