National MedicineWise Awards 2012

In recognition of the many successful programs addressing the quality use of medicines (QUM) in the broader community, we are presenting the National MedicineWise Awards. These prestigious accolades build on the National Quality Use of Medicines Awards and acknowledge at the highest level, efforts by individuals, groups and organisations to improve medicines use and patient outcomes.

Award categories cover key areas that contribute to the quality use of medicines and include:

  • Building a medicinewise community: consumer programs
    <$100,000 budget
    >$100,000 budget.
  • Education for health professionals to build quality use of medicines skills
    <$100,000 budget
    >$100,000 budget.
  • Excellence in labelling and packaging.
  • Best e-health resources.
  • Best media report of a medicines story.

The National MedicineWise Awards also include awards for the best NMS abstracts. Accepted abstracts will automatically be considered under the following categories:

  • Best student abstract for NMS
  • Best abstract for NMS
  • Best poster
  • People’s choice poster

The winners were announced by Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King and NPS CEO, Dr Lynn Weekes, following a full day of stimulating and challenging presentations and debate about building a medicinewise community.

The judging panel consisted of representatives from across the health sector and considered entries based on impact, innovation and reach. Abstracts and posters were assessed on objectives, methodology, results and contribution to quality use medicines.

The winners

Building a medicinewise community: consumer programs – joint winners

The Northern Rivers CareerLink Pharmacy program  

CareerLink works with members of the indigenous community, selecting and training young Aboriginal people to train to be pharmacy assistants, and providing pharmacists with indigenous cultural awareness training. 

RedUSE (Reducing Use of Sedatives) program    

The program involved extensively researching the way psychotropic medicines were prescribed in the aged care setting, and then using this information to shape an intervention study — RedUSE — to reduce the use of sedatives in aged care homes.

Education for health professionals to build QUM skills – under $100,000

BE ALERT AND WORK TOGETHER for medicine safety: DAA Incident Awareness Toolkit

The project identified that medicines packed into dosage administration devices, particularly in the aged care setting are often packed incorrectly or packs contain medicines which aren’t suitable for packing. From this, a toolkit was produced to improve the accuracy and appropriateness of packed medicines and improve overall medicine administration.

Education for health professionals to build QUM skills – over $100,000

Medicines Book for Aboriginal Health Workers

This project developed a manual to provide education about medicines for Aboriginal health workers with low literacy levels, empowering them to provide appropriate and effective information about medicines to consumers.

Excellence in labelling and packaging

APHS Packaging: Medication Compliance Sachet

The APHS satchet allows community pharmacists to deliver a DAA which assists patients to manage multiple medicines more safely and effectively than traditional manually packed alternatives.

Best e-health resources

Pharmacovigilance in pregnancy using population-based linked datasets

This project monitored medicines dispensed to pregnant patients in Western Australia and linked them to their impact on pregnancy outcomes — a resource which can be used to better determine the safe use of medicines in pregnancy.

Best media report of a medicines story

Accidental Counsellors by Peter Waterman, Australian Pharmacist  

The article provides unique insight into the various roles pharmacists perform in the area of mental health, moving it from an ‘accidental counselling role’ to a more structured and cohesive model, highlighting the need for further education, skills and knowledge so pharmacists can help the growing number of people suffering mental health issues.

Best abstract

Can I live longer? Will I get side effects? Understanding consumer decisions about medication use.

Tracey-Lea Laba, Jo-anne Brien and Stephen Jan, University of Sydney and The George Institute for Global Health.

Best student abstract

Understanding compliance to antibiotic prescribing guidelines

Chee Kong Teo, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW.

Best poster

The medicine information needs of parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

Rana Ahmed, Jacqueline Borst, Yong Wei Cheng and Parisa Aslani, University of Sydney and University of Nottingham.

People’s choice poster

Quantifying the value of Pharmacists as NPS facilitators in a Medicare local

Amy McIntyre and Aneesa Davis, Townsville-Mackay Medicare local.