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Mental health and young people: opportunities to empower and engage
A program focusing on the management of psychological distress, depression and anxiety disorders within primary care in young Australians aged 16–24 years.
Benzodiazepine dependence: reduce the risk
Benzodiazepines are prescription medicines that are also called sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medicines. There are well-recognised harms from taking benzodiazepines long term. These include dependence, drowsiness, dizziness and falls.
Headache: when is imaging indicated?
When assessing the need for head imaging, consider potential benefits and harms to avoid inappropriate imaging and to minimise the risk of harms.
Managing GORD with PPIs in primary care
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is common and often treated successfully with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Guidelines recommend trying to step down or stop these medicines once symptoms are controlled.
High blood pressure is a frequently managed problem in Australian general practice. Having constantly high pressure can lead to an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems and kidney disease. Find out more about how this risk factor can be managed.
Supporting COVID-19 vaccination safety and reporting
NPS MedicineWise is working with the Australian Government Department of Health to provide information and phone line support as COVID-19 vaccines are administered across Australia.
Prescribing changes for nicotine vaping products
From 1 October 2021 access to nicotine vaping products will require a prescription.
Heart failure: taking an active role
Early diagnosis of heart failure and effective management keeps people out of hospital and helps them live better, longer lives
Asthma in adults and adolescents: what’s new for mild asthma management?
New asthma guideline recommendations may affect how Australians manage their mild asthma.
Medicinal cannabis: what you need to know
Medicinal cannabis products are treated and regulated as medicines in Australia. Find out more about prescribing, dispensing and taking them.
Asthma and children: diagnosis and treatment
Asthma is a chronic disease that requires accurate diagnosis, regular treatment and review.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
In 2013, COPD was the fifth leading cause of death in Australia. This program reviews the role of spirometry in diagnosis, and the stepwise management of COPD.
Dementia and psychotropic medicines
Understanding the options available to manage changed behaviour in this complex condition
Opioids, chronic pain and the bigger picture
Opioid medicines in chronic non-cancer pain – balancing opioid-related harm with effective pain management and quality of life
Managing thyroid conditions in primary care
Finding a balance between when to test, what to test and how to treat
Rheumatoid arthritis affects around 2% of Australians, and has major effects on quality of life. Find out more about its diagnosis and management.
Neuropathic pain is caused by a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system. Find out more about accurate diagnosis and optimal management of this challenging condition.
Like warfarin, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are no longer ‘new’. Knowing similarities and differences between anticoagulants is key to their safe and effective use.
Knee and hip osteoarthritis
This program offers practical tools and strategies to improve quality of life for patients with osteoarthritis
Over-the-counter codeine: changes to supply
Codeine is only available on prescription in Australia from 1 February 2018. Find out more about how health professionals and consumers can manage pain without over-the-counter codeine.
The use of statins continues to play an important role in the management of absolute cardiovascular risk. These medicines are generally well tolerated and can be used long-term in many people.
Reducing antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic resistance is an urgent global health issue. This program aims to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics in the community.
Acute ankle and knee injuries
Ankle and knee sprains can be accurately diagnosed without imaging in most cases. This program reviews diagnosis and management of these injuries.
Type 2 diabetes: what's next after metformin?
Diabetes is progressive and most patients eventually need more than one medicine to maintain blood glucose control.
Depression: re-examining the management options
Depression is a common problem in primary care. This program reviews a range of approaches to the management of depression.
Osteoporosis is under-recognised and undertreated in Australia. This program examines targeted investigation and treatment.
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