The awards recognise best-practice innovations in improving quality use of medicines across seven categories, including initiatives for consumers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, health professionals and ehealth.
NPS MedicineWise Executive Manager and Chair of the NMS 2018 Program Committee Ms Kerren Hosking says, “Those winning awards are excellent examples of innovative, relevant and useful initiatives showcasing the depth of work underway across the country to support safe and effective use of medicines.”
In 2018, winning entries included new approaches to sustaining mental health, pharmacotherapeutics for remote area nurses, better medicines management in aged care services, new health care apps and initiatives designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Ms Hosking says, “The recipients of the 2018 National MedicineWise Awards have successfully developed programs, services and tools to meet existing and emerging challenges in the health care space and help contribute to a more medicinewise Australia.
“NPS MedicineWise is honoured to acknowledge the outstanding achievements and contributions helping improve health outcomes of Australians,” Ms Hosking adds.
The panel of judges for the National Medicinewise awards included:
- Gaylene Coulton, CEO Capital Health Network
- Peter Turner, Chair NPS MedicineWise
- Walter Kmet, CEO WentWest
The 10th National Medicines Symposium continues in Canberra until 1 June 2018.
More information on the National Medicinewise Awards is available at www.nps.org.au/nms2018/awards.