NPS Medicinewise - What's new http://www.nps.org.au en-au Latest tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests from NPS Medicinewise Copyright 2012 NPS Medicinewise Health/Medicines http://www.nps.org.au/__data/assets/image/0011/167159/RSSlogo.png What's new — NPS Medicinewise http://www.nps.org.au Clinical Services Specialist – Geelong (Victoria), Hunter Region (NSW) & Tasmania Are you passionate about health? Are you a qualified health professional? Would you like the opportunity to deliver innovative programs? Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/careers/job-opportunities/current/clinical-services-specialist-tasmania http://www.nps.org.au/careers/job-opportunities/current/clinical-services-specialist-tasmania Non-pharmacological management of chronic pain Non-pharmacological therapies for chronic pain are recommended as first-line management. Find out which strategies are preferred. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/management-plan/non-pharmacological-management http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/management-plan/non-pharmacological-management Key points for managing chronic pain Although effective treatment for chronic pain is available, many Australians aren't getting adequate relief. See our key points for managing chronic non-cancer pain. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/key-points http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/key-points Professional development for chronic pain management Try one of our free, accredited professional development activities for pharmacists, nurses and doctors to improve your management of chronic pain. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/professional-development http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/professional-development References for chronic pain management Key references to find out more about managing chronic pain Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/references/visiting-card-insert-references http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/references/visiting-card-insert-references Non-opioid analgesics for chronic pain Learn about the limited role of medicines for chronic pain. Non-opioid analgesics such as paracetamol should be considered before opioids. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/non-opioid-analgesics http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/non-opioid-analgesics Developing a management plan for chronic pain Learn more about developing a chronic pain management plan including, assessing pain and how shared decision making can improve outcomes. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/management-plan http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/management-plan Managing chronic pain: a holistic approach Learn why multidisciplinary treatments that incorporate active self management are most effective for managing chronic pain. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/management-plan/holistic-care http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/management-plan/holistic-care Chronic pain: limited evidence for opioids There is limited evidence for opioids in managing chronic non-cancer pain. Find out why opioids should only be prescribed as a last resort. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/opioid-medicines http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/opioid-medicines Discontinuing opioids for chronic pain Find out when and how to discontinue opioids when treating chronic pain, to minimise harm Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/opioid-medicines/discontinuing-opioids http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/opioid-medicines/discontinuing-opioids Resources and management tools for chronic pain Resources and tools to help manage your patients with chronic pain Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/resources-tools http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/resources-tools Monitoring treatment for chronic pain Monitoring opioid and other treatment in chronic pain. Learn what to watch out for to reduce risk of harm and improve function Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/monitoring-treatment http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/monitoring-treatment Resources for patients with chronic pain Tools and resources for your patients with chronic pain Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/for-your-patients http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/for-your-patients Best practice opioid analgesic prescribing for chronic pain Learn about best practice in prescribing opioid analgesics for chronic pain including minimising harm and misuse. Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/opioid-medicines/best-practice-prescribing http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/opioid-medicines/best-practice-prescribing References for chronic pain management Key references to find out more about managing chronic pain Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/references http://www.nps.org.au/conditions/nervous-system-problems/pain/for-individuals/pain-conditions/chronic-pain/for-health-professionals/references Recommendations for managing heartburn and reflux Medicines to treat heartburn and reflux may be recommended if changes to your diet and lifestyle have not been enough to manage symptoms. But you may not need them long-tern Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2015/heartburn-and-reflux-recommendations http://www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2015/heartburn-and-reflux-recommendations Focus on tests and treatments: do they always help? If your health professional asks you to wait and monitor symptoms instead of providing a script or referral for a test, procedure or treatment it may be in your best interest Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2015/tests-and-treatments-do-they-help http://www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2015/tests-and-treatments-do-they-help High cholesterol: get the lowdown Raised total cholesterol, increases your chance of heart attack or stroke (cardiovascular disease) Find out what you can do about your cholesterol. Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2015/high-cholesterol http://www.nps.org.au/publications/consumer/medicinewise-living/2015/high-cholesterol Judging panel announced for the industry-first antibiotic resistance short film competition The judging panel for the antibiotic resistance short film competition at Tropfest, #savethescript, has been announced. Tue, 26 May 2015 19:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/judging-panel-announced-for-the-industry-first-antibiotic-resistance-short-film-competition http://www.nps.org.au/media-centre/media-releases/repository/judging-panel-announced-for-the-industry-first-antibiotic-resistance-short-film-competition HIgh-density lipoprotein (LDL) - what is it? High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is a substance made up of fat (lipid) and protein. It carries cholesterol and fats (triglycerides) in the blood. Read more about high-density lipoprotein. Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 +1000 http://www.nps.org.au/glossary/low-density-lipoprotein-ldl2 http://www.nps.org.au/glossary/low-density-lipoprotein-ldl2