Translated medicines information in traditional Chinese


Medicines come in many forms including: tablets, inhalers, injections, eye drops, lotions, drinks, suppositories and patches. Medicines don't just come on prescription from doctors but also from pharmacies, dentists, alternative practitioners, health food shops and supermarkets.

It is very important to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you are using, including: prescription medicines, over-the counter medicines, vitamins, traditional and herbal medicines, minerals, nutritional supplements and any medicines you have brought with you from overseas.

Although medicines can make you feel better and help you get well, it's important to know that all medicines have both benefits and risks. In fact, 140,000 Australians are admitted to hospital each year due to problems related to their medicines.

Some of the risks involved with using medicine include:

  • Harmful reactions when the medicine is combined with certain foods, beverages, vitamins, and traditional or other medicines. The more of these you combine, the greater the chance of a reaction.
  • The medicine not working as expected.
  • The medicine causing additional health problems.

Information resources

The information resources available below will help you become more familiar with medicines, manage medicines safely and learn more about your medicine options.

If you would like to know more about your medicines, speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Ask for an interpreter if you have difficulty communicating. Your doctor or pharmacist can call the Australian Government's Translating and Interpreting Service on 1300 131 450.


Diabetes Health Tracker

Keep track of your diabetes medicines, appointments for diabetes-related health checks and your medical test targets.

Download a copy of this brochure.



Keeping track of your diabetes: it's not just about glucose

If you have diabetes, managing your blood pressure and cholesterol are just as important as managing your blood glucose (sugar). Find out how to manage your diabetes — the health checks that are available and what your targets are.

Download a copy of this brochure.



This brochure can help you understand and use medicine in partnership with your doctor, pharmacist, and other health professional.

Download a copy of this brochure.


Medicines List

Keep a list of all your medicines. Show it to your doctor or pharmacist each time you visit.

Download a copy of this brochure.


Managing pain fact sheet

This bilingual fact sheet has information about managing pain and over-the-counter pain relief medicines.

Download a copy of this fact sheet.


Why are we offered a choice of medicine? brochure

A bilingual brochure to help you understand your choice of medicine brands and the importance of knowing the active ingredient in your medicine.

Download a copy of this brochure.


Learn about your medicines fact sheet

A bilingual fact sheet to help you understand how to best manage your medicines.

Download a copy of this fact sheet.



Helping you manage your pain

Download a booklet with information and a paid dairy to manage your arthritis pain. This has been developed with Arthritis NSW.

 An easier way to share your health information

An easier way to share your health information

The bilingual brochure contains information on the personally controlled electronic health record, an initiative of the Australian Government.

Download a copy of this brochure.


Why do some people need antibiotics?

A bilingual brochure to help you understand why some people need antibiotics.

Download a copy of this brochure.

Radio community service announcements

In Cantonese


In Mandarin

Other websites

For other translated health information see the following websites:

NPS Medicines Line

Call Medicines Line on 1300 633 424 (1300 MEDICINE). NPS works with healthdirect Australia to provide consumers with information on prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines. The service is available Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEST (mobiles may cost more).

If you need an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask to speak to Medicines Line on 1300 633 424 (1300 MEDICINE).  Medicines Line is not an emergency service.

National Prescribing Service and the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) work together to promote the safe and wise use of medicines with culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

For more information, please email us.