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Hosted by NPS MedicineWise medical advisors, we’ll wade through the reams of information – and sometimes misinformation – to provide answers from trusted sources for all of your quality use of medicines questions.

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Episode 46: The safe use of opioids in acute pain

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise Medical Advisor Dr Kate Annear speaks with Prof Pamela Macintyre – a pain medicine specialist – about the safe use of opioid analgesics in the management of acute pain in the emergency or post operative setting, with a focus on optimising patient outcomes and reducing the potential for opioid related harm.

Further reading

Safe use of opioids in acute pain hub

Episode 45: COVID antivirals update

Dr Caroline West, medical adviser and GP, NPS MedicineWise talks to Professor Sarah Hilmer and Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe about the use of oral COVID antivirals in vulnerable people.

Further reading

RADAR: Changes to COVID-19 oral antiviral PBS eligibility criteria – July 2022
Changes expand access to more people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19, at high risk of progressing to severe disease.

Factsheet: Oral COVID-19 medicines

Episode 44: Engaging with young people on their mental health

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks with Dr Nicola Holmes, an experienced GP who specialises in the mental health of young people. Dr Holmes gives her perspective and practical tips on what she feels makes a real difference to engagement and management.

Episode 43: Hippocratic Oath and the problem with modern medicine

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks with Professor Rachelle Buchbinder and Professor Ian Harris and discuss the increasing pressure in modern medicine to do more tests, more scans and are we at danger of over diagnosing and overtreating.

Episode 42: Exploring digital interventions for mental health

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks with Dr Michael Millard, director of the clinical research unit for anxiety and depression at St. Vincent's Hospital. They discuss how early interventions with effective support, engagement and management of course can make all the difference to young people and their mental health.




Further reading

NPS MedicineWise Mental health and young people: opportunities to empower and engage

NPS MedicineWise podcast Mental health and young people: two personal stories

This Way Up thiswayup.org.au

Episode 41: Burnout and boundary setting

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks with Associate Professor Lisa Lampe about burn out and the high cost for health professionals and patients.

Further reading

Boundaries Research www.boundariesresearch.com.au

Episode 40: Mental health and young people: two personal stories

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks with Nic Juniper and Rebecca Langman, two young people with lived experience with mental health issues. 

Further reading

NPS MedicineWise https://www.nps.org.au/professionals/mental-health-and-young-people

NPS MedicineWise https://www.nps.org.au/anxiety-and-depression-find-the-path-that-works-for-you

Choosing Wisely 5 Questions  https://www.choosingwisely.org.au/resources/consumers-and-carers/5questions

Headspace https://headspace.org.au/

Beyond Now App https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/beyondnow-suicide-safety-planning

Episode 39: COVID treatment update: Answers to what HPs are asking

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks with Prof Sarah Hilmer and Prof Josh Davis, members of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce Guidelines Leadership Group. They give an update on the new antiviral treatments now available and answer some frequently asked COVID management questions.

Further reading

NPS MedicineWise www.nps.org.au/coronavirus/faqs-covid-19-antivirals-in-racfs

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce www.covid19evidence.net.au

Liverpool University Drug Interaction www.hiv-druginteractions.org/checker

Episode 38: New oral antiviral COVID medications: What HPs need to know

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks to Dr Kate Annear, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor and Associate Professor Charlotte Hespe, GP, head of General Practice at Notre Dame University, and chair of the New South Wales ACT Faculty of the RACGP discuss the new oral antiviral COVID medications that have been provisionally approved for use.


Further reading

NPS MedicineWise https://www.nps.org.au/coronavirus/faqs-covid-19-antivirals-in-racfs