Reports & evaluation

Annual reports

The NPS MedicineWise Annual Report is a showcase of our work over each financial year. It provides an overview of our key activities and initiatives, reports on our performance, and includes our annual financial statements.

The NPS MedicineWise annual report is prepared in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001.

NPS MedicineWise Annual Report 2019-20

Date published : 16 November 2020


Consumer report

In 2017, NPS MedicineWise collaborated with the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) on a research project looking at consumers’ attitudes to use of their health data. The final report was generated through qualitative interviews, literature reviews, a round table discussion with key stakeholders and consumer representatives, and a nationally representative survey of 1,013 Australians.

The final report, Engaging consumers in their health data journey, is now available here.

These research findings provide key insights about consumers' attitudes to use of their health data and their preferences about consent.

If you have any comments or questions about this report, please email [email protected].



Evaluation reports

As NPS MedicineWise continues to develop new areas of interest and strength, educating people to make the best decisions about medicines and medical tests, we continue to demonstrate the impact of our programs on prescribers of medicines.

The 22nd Annual Evaluation Report summarises the results from evaluations conducted in 2018–19. Highlights include:

  • $69.93 million – reported savings for the PBS, a result of the impact of seven programs, including work to reduce antibiotic resistance and opioid use.
  • $21.57­­­ million – reported savings for the MBS achieved via significant reductions in CT scans and ultrasound services of the abdominal region by GPs.
  • Choosing Wisely Australia – improved reach of the program and reflection of Choosing Wisely recommendations in MBS review taskforce recommendations.

General  Practice  Insights  Report

For the past five years, the General Practice Insights Reports (commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care) have provided an overview of the care provided in general practice.

The 2022 report provides further information on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on general practice – including the ongoing lockdowns, the ongoing strong uptake of telehealth consultations and the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. The report is based on around 2.5 million patients’ de-identified data in 2020–21 from the MedicineInsight program.

We hope that these documents provide patients, GPs, policy makers and researchers with an accurate picture of the enormous amount of work undertaken in primary care.


MedicineInsight reports

MedicineInsight is a quality improvement program developed to improve clinical practice and health outcomes in Australia. MedicineInsight allows GPs to reflect on their own patterns of prescribing and patient care. Insights drawn from the aggregated clinical data of all participating general practices can also be used by policymakers, health systems and health professionals. The reports reproduced below have been commissioned by the Australian Department of Health.



Since 1998, scientific publications have been developed by NPS MedicineWise staff or funded or supported by NPS MedicineWise.

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QUM Program Briefings

QUM program briefings provide key insights from NPS MedicineWise therapeutic programs. They highlight the scale of the issue, describe clinical practice challenges and barriers, and recognise existing programs and activities currently addressing the problem. The briefings are designed to build momentum for shared action - to improve health outcomes in therapeutic areas identified as having QUM issues.

The briefings also recognise the significant contribution stakeholders make to the development of NPS MedicineWise therapeutic programs. Beyond the programs, the briefings also outline further interventions and actions that can be undertaken to meet the goal of achieving better health care and outcomes.