Good Medicines Better Health

Project overview

In 2005, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) and NPS MedicineWise (NPS) established the Good Medicines Better Health (GMBH) pilot project, funded by NPS.

The project is designed to assist Aboriginal health workers improve their knowledge and skills about medicines, based on the principals of Quality Use of Medicines (QUM). Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live with chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. However, on average, they use fewer medicines than other Australians, because they face many difficulties obtaining and using medicines.

AHCSA, in partnership with NACCHO and the Aboriginal health workers from the participating communities, developed a training package that includes content on QUM issues associated with three common chronic conditions within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations — asthma, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

Project objectives

  • To strengthen the leadership of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce in promoting good practice in QUM within the Aboriginal community controlled health sector program.
  • To improve Aboriginal health workers' knowledge, skills and access to resources in QUM.
  • To build and strengthen partnerships with the wider health sector that create opportunities for Aboriginal health workers to play a broader role in QUM.

Current activity

Following evaluation of the pilot program, NPS is funding NACCHO to implement training more widely across Australia. Health workers have been trained in South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, and are currently being trained in Queensland, the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

The national rollout of the program is being evaluated by Clear Horizon Consulting.

Find out more

For more information about the Good Medicines Better Health program, please contact Wedyan Meshreky on (02) 8217 8727.