With funding from the QUM grant, NPS MedicineWise:

- Delivers national QUM interventions targeting areas of high need and government priorities and promoting behaviour changes amongst prescribers, dispensers and health consumers that are consistent with quality use of medicines and diagnostics in a sustainable healthcare system.

- Engages in cross-sector collaboration and partnerships that support and promote the quality use of therapeutics, diagnostics and pathology.

- Creates and distributes timely, evidence-based information, tools and resources for prescribers, dispensers and health consumers in the Australian context.

- Improves post-market utilisation and surveillance data, including through MedicineInsight, by capturing, storing and analysing data collected from general practices and specialist practices to inform how medicines are being used in the real world.

This page contains a downloadable summary of NPS MedicineWise programs and activities currently funded by the QUM grant.

National QUM interventions and behaviour change programs

NPS MedicineWise delivers and evaluates behavioural change interventions, in the form of national behavioural change and education programs, curriculums, tools and resources, aimed at the quality use of medicines and health technologies. We aim to decrease inappropriate prescribing of medicines and inappropriate use of health technologies as well as to improve health consumers’ health literacy related to the quality use of medicines and health technologies.

National behavioural change and education programs

These programs address areas of high unmet need. They are informed by the latest evidence and designed, developed and delivered with key stakeholders where appropriate.

Curriculum, tools and resources

  • National Prescribing Curriculum: A series of interactive case-based modules for health professional students that encourage confident and rational prescribing.
  • Prescribing Competencies Framework: Describes the competencies that health professionals require to prescribe medicines judiciously, appropriately, safely and effectively in the Australian healthcare system.
  • Risk assessment tools: A review of the evidence and utility of currently available clinical risk assessment tools that have the potential to identify patients at high risk of adverse events from their medicines.
  • Consumer health literacy research: Exploring levels of consumer health literacy and activation as it relates to medicines and safe use, consumer adherence to medicines and the barriers and enablers to good adherence. All the supporting reports are available on the consumer engagement page.

Cross sector collaboration and partnerships

NPS MedicineWise acts as a steward of QUM by facilitating collaboration across the QUM ecosystem, raising awareness of QUM through the development and dissemination of high-quality evidence-based resources.

  • Choosing Wisely Australia: An initiative of NPS MedicineWise in partnership with Australia's health professional colleges, societies and associations. The campaign is supporting clinicians, consumers and healthcare stakeholders to have important conversations about tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide no benefit or, in some cases, lead to harm.
  • National Medicines Symposium: An annual national forum dedicated to highlighting QUM and health technology issues.
  • Expert panels: Receive expert guidance through advisory groups including the Council of Australian Therapeutic Advisory groups (CATAG) and the Clinical Intervention Advisory Group (CIAG).
  • Consumer engagement: The way we ensure consumers influence and participate in the development of QUM programs, products and services

Evidence-based information, tools and resources

NPS MedicineWise creates and distributes timely, evidence-based information, tools and resources for prescribers, dispensers and health consumers in the Australian context.

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Publications

Australian Prescriber:
An independent, evidence-based and peer reviewed medical journal (and associated resources) focussed on drugs and therapeutics. The journal enables healthcare professionals to be across the development and appropriate use of new and emerging drugs and treatments that are relevant to the management of patients in the Australian health care system.

RADAR:
Provides health professionals with timely, independent, evidence-based information on new drugs and medical tests and changes to listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Medicare Benefits Schedule.

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Services

  • Medicines Line:
    A telephone service providing consumers with information on prescription, over-the-counter and complementary (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamin and mineral) medicines.
  • Adverse Medicines Event Line:
    A telephone service that provides consumers with an avenue for reporting and discussing adverse experiences with medicines.
  • Medicinewise App: A smartphone app to help people keep track of their medicines and access important health info anytime and anywhere, especially in emergencies

Post-market utilisation and surveillance

NPS MedicineWise provides data insights that support post-market surveillance and utilisation of medicines and tests.

  • MedicineInsight: is a national program which collects general practice data to support quality improvement in Australian primary care and post-market surveillance of medicines and tests.
  • MedicineInsight post-market surveillance: Using MedicineInsight, we generate reports and research linking diagnosis, prescriptions and clinical indicators within a national representative cohort, and address gaps in knowledge about how and why medicines are prescribed.