Entries now open for National Medicinewise Awards

3 April 2012

Health professionals, consumers and industry organisations are invited to enter projects or activities that address quality use of medicines in the broader community in the new 2012 National MedicineWise Awards.

The awards, which build on the past Quality Use of Medicines Awards, recognise the many successful programs that address medicines use issues and will be presented by NPS: Better choices, Better health as part of the 2012 National Medicine Symposium (NMS).

NPS Head of Programs Ms Karen Kaye said the awards acknowledge at the highest level efforts to improve medicines use and patient outcomes.

“Achieving a medicinewise community requires a combination of initiatives across the many areas that contribute to medicines safety, awareness and practice. The National MedicineWise Awards recognise the important role of each of these areas and set new standards for achievement and innovation,” Ms Kaye said. 

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

  • Building a medicinewise community: consumer programs

under $100,000 budget

over $100,000 budget

  • Education for health professionals to build quality use of medicines skills

under $100,000 budget

over $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

Anyone who has submitted an abstract and wishes to be considered for the non-abstract categories of the National MedicineWise Awards will need to complete a separate nomination form.

Nominations for the National MedicineWise Awards closeFriday 20 April 2012. All winners will be announced at the NMS 2012 dinner on Thursday 24 May. For more information go to www.nps.org.au/topics/nms/awards


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