NPS Direct – December 2013

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PTSD: What's your crisis response?

PTSD: What's your crisis response?

Disasters like the recent NSW bushfires and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have a significant impact on the mental health of those involved. Around half of all Australians will be exposed to a traumatic event in their lifetime, and of those up to one in four may develop PTSD. How can you manage the aftershock?

Vaccinate: take a shot at antibiotic resistance

Vaccinate: take a shot at antibiotic resistance

Maintaining community immunisation levels can help to limit the development and spread of resistant bacterial strains. Are your patients up-to-date with the National Immunisation Program Schedule?

New GP referred MRI items for adults

New GP referred MRI items for adults

Following MBS listing last year of some items for children, for specified indications GPs can now refer adults for MRI of the head, spine or knee. MRI is most effective when it supplements history and physical examination.


Fast five: 2013 highlights from NPS MedicineWise


A medicinewise Australia

This year we continued our campaign for a medicinewise Australia, where medical choices are well considered and where medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used safely, effectively and prudently by well-informed health professionals and a health-savvy population.


Achieving good anticoagulant practice

All oral anticoagulants require careful patient selection and routine clinical monitoring, to minimise the risk of thrombosis and bleeding. In February, we launched an educational program on the optimal use of oral anticoagulants — including both warfarin and the newer oral anticoagulants.


Preventive health — which tests make a difference?

Almost all Australians have risk factors that place them at increased risk of developing chronic disease. Since May, we have been promoting the latest evidence for preventive health with a focus on the recommended tests and interventions for people in their 40s.


Older and wiser: promoting safe use of medicines in older people

Medicines are essential when caring for older people but the full benefits can only be realised when their risks are addressed. In September, we launched an educational program on the quality use of medicines for older patients and outlined advice on how to achieve good medicines management, reduce polypharmacy and recognise which medicines to avoid.


Fighting antibiotic resistance

In November we led a global initiative to educate people about antibiotic resistance and highlight the importance of taking antibiotics correctly. Almost 4,000 Australian health professionals pledged to contribute by championing appropriate use of these important medicines. Help bring Australia in line with the OECD average for antibiotic prescribing.


More Health News and Evidence

Anticoagulants: an interactive tool

Make starting anticoagulants in your patients with AF easier in 3 steps! Our new decision tool will help you:

  1. Identify the patients for whom anticoagulation is recommended
  2. Be aware of correctable factors that may contribute to risk of bleeding
  3. Select an appropriate anticoagulant.

Earn CPD points

Online case study for GPs, pharmacists & nurses

  • Work through a clinical scenario based on a 75-year-old man with type 2 diabetes.
  • Highly interactive online learning, with evidence-based best-practice information.
  • Feedback received has included comments 'Good case study. Covered topic well' and 'Challenging and relevant to practice.'

Expert commentary live: promoting safe use of oral anticoagulants

Complete the latest Pharmacy Practice Review to gain clarity about the safe use of the newer anticoagulants and how they compare with warfarin. Expert commentary by Dr Luke Bereznicki, University of Tasmania is now available. Earn 8 hours of Group 2 CPD points (16 credits).


National Medicines Symposium 2014 

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New GP referred MRI items for adults: Nerthuz/
PTSD: What’s your crisis response?: kurhan/