Main occupation: General practitioner
Years in clinical practice: 7
Qualifications: MBBS, FRACGP
Dr Elisabeth Wearne works in a large community health centre in a coastal area of Victoria. She also provides outreach GP services to smaller towns in the area including Aboriginal Health and trains medical students and GP registrars.
Dr Wearne describes some of the problems doctors and patients in rural areas have managing medicines, as well as some of the advantages that she sees in her practice.
She describes some of the common problems people have, the dangers they may face taking multiple medicines, and some of the things doctors and pharmacists can do to help reduce these problems. She particularly emphasises the importance of communication between doctors and patients. Dr Wearne also describes some of the things patients can do, what they need to be aware of when they take multiple medicines and the kinds of medicines issues they might like to raise with their doctor. She believes a vital part of her job is to be a guide to reputable sources of information for her patients and helping them to interpret information they find for themselves.