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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 49: All about the skin: eczema, acne and antibiotics

In this episode Dr Caroline West, medical adviser and GP speaks with Dr Li-Chuen Wong, member of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and is the head of the Dermatology Department at Children's Hospital, Westmead. They discuss the management of skin conditions like eczema and acne and the latest treatment approaches.

Further reading

The Australasian College of Dermatologists  

Help, helps resource hub - includes links to and information to:

The A to Z of Skin - information on common skin, hair and nail conditions, their symptoms, causes and how they are diagnosed and treated

Find a dermatologist - to make it easier for health professionals and patients to locate a dermatologist by geographic location or expertise

Patient support groups and mental health support organisations

Choosing Wisely Australia 

Communicating with your healthcare provider

Episode 48: Chronic Kidney Disease: A consumer perspective on navigating a new diagnosis

Dr Kate Annear, medical adviser and GP, NPS MedicineWise speaks with Dan and Jody who have a lived experience with chronic kidney disease. They discuss the resources they have found helpful, and advice they have for health professionals and for consumers in making this journey easier for others.

Further reading

Chronic kidney disease: early detection and management  https://www.nps.org.au/professionals/chronic-kidney-disease

Episode 47: TGA access to unapproved therapeutic goods

Dr Caroline West, medical adviser and GP, NPS MedicineWise talks to Dr Jess Tidemann about the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) and how GPs can access unapproved therapeutic goods.

Further reading

Accessing unapproved products https://www.tga.gov.au/accessing-unapproved-products

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