Media alert – upcoming diary date: Be Medicinewise Week

This Be Medicinewise Week (19-25 August 2019), NPS MedicineWise is encouraging Australians to get to know the language of medicines.

Be Medicinewise Week is an annual campaign that raises awareness about the quality use of medicines, helping Australians get the most out of their medicines, safely.

  • This will be the 9th Be Medicinewise Week. The campaign targets both health professionals and consumers.
  • We are encouraging discussions between consumers and health professionals to help people better understand their medicines and how to use them safely and effectively. For example pharmacists around Australia working in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities are helping people of all language backgrounds to get to know the language of medicines.
  • Understanding active ingredients and keeping a list of your medicines are important ways we are emphasising to keep track of your medicines.

Interview talent

  • NPS MedicineWise has experts available for interview (including GPs and pharmacists) in the lead up to Be Medicinewise Week as well as during the actual week (Monday 19 – Sunday 25 August 2019). 
  • To arrange an interview, email [email protected] or phone 0419 618 365 or (02) 8217 9229.
  • Radio news desks: Look out for our audio news grabs to be issued via Radio Release during Be Medicinewise Week.

Find out more

  • Campaign resources and materials are now available on the NPS MedicineWise website at 
  • We’ll be issuing media releases during the week that highlight how people can better understand their medicines and get the most out of them, safely.
  • We will also be sharing new videos and content on Facebook and Twitter during the week using the hashtag #bemedicinewise.

Media enquiries

Matthew Harris, NPS MedicineWise media adviser:, 0419 618 365, (02) 8217 9229 or [email protected].