Tools and resources

Below you will find a variety of decision tools that have been developed to provide guidance through your clinical decision with patients.

Some are designed to facilitate discussion with patients about low back pain management and allow you to provide them with a personalised, take-home management plan.You will also find resources for your patients, which allow them to record their symptoms of medicines use to discuss with you in future consultations.

Health professional decision tools

A guide to starting oral anticoagulants in atrial fibrillation

Use this interactive decision tool with patients who are starting oral anticoagulants.

Anticoagulants listings

A tool to help you develop a structured therapeutic plan with your patients to better manage their anticoagulant therapy.

Antipsychotic monitoring tool

Lists recommended monitoring intervals and what you need to check for in patients taking antipsychotic medicines long term. Print (2 pages) and add this to the patient's notes.

Asthma: Inhaler device checklist

Asthma inhaler device checklist to help you check (or teach) your patients inhaler technique

Asthma: Stepwise treatment

Infographic summarising the latest guidelines for treating asthma

Asthma: Table of asthma medicines

Lists asthma medicines approved for use in Australia

Back Pain Choices

The tool has been developed to assist in the diagnosis and management of lower back pain (LBP) by primary care clinicians.

Caring for patients on oral anticoagulants

A tool to help you develop a structured therapeutic plan with your patients to better manage their anticoagulant therapy.

Cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk

Statins remain one of the most effective strategies for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, but patient selection is key

Comparative information on antipsychotics

Lists commonly used antipsychotics and incidences of common adverse effects

Decision tools to assist in good anticoagulant practice

Decision tools to assist in good anticoagulant practice

Dose adjustments for newer anticoagulants

A decision tool for use with patients who are starting oral anticoagulants other than wafarin

Fatigue: printed resources and tools

A fatigue decision & management tool for health professionals

Folate: Tests fact sheet

Folate testing has increased rapidly, fortification of wheat flour in Australia means that deficiency is rare. Testing is unnecessary for most people

Appropriate use of antibiotics in aged-care facility residents

Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern in aged-care facilities. Maintaining good urinary tract health and being aware of the most vulnerable patients helps

Managing my heart health

Download a Managing my heart health at a glance card. This card helps people with or at risk of cardiovacular disease to track their medical and lifestyle factors, including medicine compliance and daily activity.

Interactions with dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban

A decision tool for use with patients who are continuing on warfarin

Prescription products for menopausal symptoms

List of some of the available approved prescription products (and their regimens) for menopausal symptoms

Starting warfarin therapy

Diagram depicting how to achieve and maintain INR in the therapeutic range.

Switching oral anticoagulants

A decision tool for use with patients who are changing between anticoagulants

Vitamin B12: Tests fact sheet

Vitamin B12 testing has increased rapidly, but true deficiency is rare. Testing is unnecessary for most people

Vitamin D: Tests fact sheet

Vitamin D testing has increased rapidly in the last decade but no benefit has been shown for testing groups who are not at risk of deficiency

Warfarin Dose Tracker

The Warfarin Dose Tracker is intended to support your professional conversations with people taking warfarin, or their carers, and has been extensively tested with warfarin takers and their carers, and was enthusiastically received.

Warfarin drug interactions

A decision tool for use with patients who are continuing on warfarin

Warfarin maintenance: management of high and low INRs

A decision tool for use with patients who are continuing on warfarin

Your heart and stroke risk score patient resource

The Your heart and stroke risk score summary sheet explains absolute cardiovascular risk to patients and includes a space for you to record their risk score.

Decision tools for patients

Antibiotics schools poster - Antibiotic resistance

An infographic poster about 'one of the greatest threats to human health'

Antibiotics schools poster - Bugs

This poster says that only some bugs need antibiotics

Antibiotics schools poster - Resistance fighter

Print this poster and join the fight against antibiotic resistance with NPS

Be medicinewise magnet

A magnet for you, your family or community group to remind you that being medicinewise helps you get the most from your medicines.

Cardiovascular risk calculators

Tools to help assess cardiovascular risk and possible treatment benefits

Causes of fatigue

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Chronic Pain – What can I do?

Chronic or persistent pain is when pain occurs most days of the week, for at least a three month period. About 1 in 5 Australians suffer from chronic pain and it most commonly occurs in older people.

Colds, coughs and flu: what you can do

Colds are an infection of the respiratory tract that can cause a sore throat or cough. Learn more about colds and flu, and what you can do to relieve your symptoms.

Could I be feeling fatigue?

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Diabetes Health Tracker

Use the Diabetes Health Tracker to keep track of your medicines, health checks and their targets and to help manage your diabetes.

Diabetes Health Tracker

Use the Diabetes Health Tracker to keep track of your medicines, health checks and their targets and help manage your diabetes.

Drink less alcohol

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Drink less caffeine

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Eat a healthy diet that meets your energy needs

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

An easier way to share your health information

Find out about the new eHealth record (personally controlled electronic health record) and how to get started.

Enjoy regular moderate exercise

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Fatigue Information Prescription

Designed to allow a health professional to select information about a medicine, condition, medical test or other health topic from a list of options, to create a unique, personalised ‘fact sheet’ for every patient. This fact sheet can then be printed or saved as a PDF.

HbA1c unit converter tool for type 2 diabetes

Use the NPS HbA1c converter tool to keep track of the changes in the way glycated haemoglobin test results are reported

Headache diary (editable)

Keep track of your headaches with this diary. You can print it or edit it on your computer.

Information about fatigue

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Keeping track of your diabetes

If you have diabetes, find out why managing your blood pressure and cholesterol are just as important as managing your blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Lifestyle

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Look after your emotional and mental health

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Managing type 2 diabetes — it's not just about glucose

Managing your blood pressure and cholesterol are just as important as managing your blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Managing type 2 diabetes — your lifestyle

Managing your diabetes is more than just staying on the right medicines. You may need to change some of you habits too.

MedicineList+ smartphone app

MedicineList Plus smartphone app - free download for iPhone and Android. Keep important information about your medicines in one place. You can edit and update all your information, and set alarms to remind you when to take your medicines.

Medicines eList

Use the Medicines List (online) to help you get the most from your medicines. Edit, save, print or email the list and share it with your doctor, pharmacist or other health professionals, so they know about all the medicines you are using.

Medicines List (paper)

A Medicines List is a useful way to keep all the information about your medicines together. Keep the list in your wallet or bag. Available in many languages.

Medimate medicines information brochure for consumers

Medimate brochure to help consumers find, understand and use information about medicines.

Notes from your health professional

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Physical

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Practice good sleep hygiene

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Psychological

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Reduce your stress

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Social

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Take the sleep quiz

Take the modified Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) sleep quiz. Help with sleep problems and alternatives to sleeping pills.

Ways to help you manage fatigue

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

What can be done?

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

What is fatigue?

Health professionals can use this tool to tailor fatigue information for their patients.

Why does it matter which pain reliever I choose?

Like all other medicines, over-the-counter pain relievers have benefits and risks. Some risks can be very serious.