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Episode 31: Medicines safety, health literacy and the National Medicines Policy in a pandemic world

  • 19 July 2021
  • Podcasts

Episode 31: Medicines safety, health literacy and the National Medicines Policy in a pandemic world

  • 19 July 2021
  • Podcasts

In this episode NPS MedicineWise CEO Adj A/Prof Steve Morris is joined by Professor Andrew McLachlan, Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, to discuss how the COVID pandemic has sparked a growing interest among consumers in medicines and treatments.

They discuss the vital role health professionals play in communicating harms and benefits with consumers.

They also consider why clinicians should take an interest in the upcoming review of the National Medicines Policy, and Steve bids farewell ahead of stepping down as NPS MedicineWise CEO at the end of July.

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Episode 30: New survey results shine a light on health literacy in Australia

  • 2 July 2021
  • Podcasts

Episode 30: New survey results shine a light on health literacy in Australia

  • 2 July 2021
  • Podcasts

In this episode about health literacy, NPS MedicineWise CEO Adj A/Prof Steve Morris is joined by health consumer advocate Debra Letica and CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells.

New survey findings have shown that one in five consumers rarely or never felt comfortable asking their doctor, pharmacist or nurse when they needed more information. Steve, Debra and Leanne discuss how health literacy is a fundamental pathway to good healthcare, practical ways health professionals can help consumers feel more in control of their own health care, and why it’s so important to include consumers in shaping health care messages.

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Episode 25: How do we move towards truly consumer-centred health care?

  • 6 April 2021
  • Podcasts

Episode 25: How do we move towards truly consumer-centred health care?

  • 6 April 2021
  • Podcasts

In this episode NPS MedicineWise CEO Steve Morris interviews Leanne Wells, CEO of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) following the recent CHF Summit - Australasia’s inaugural consumer health summit.

They discuss what health organisations and health professionals need to do fundamentally to move towards truly consumer-centred care, how we build equity in accessibility into digital enhancement and evolution, and the role of health literacy and in particular medicines literacy in helping ensure people don't get left behind.

Steve and Leanne also discuss the challenges and opportunities of virtual conferences, and invite listeners to join two upcoming virtual events: the National Medicines Symposium on 18 May and the 2021 Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting on 19 May.


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Episode 24: Opioids special #2: Non-pharmacological management options for chronic non-cancer pain

  • 8 March 2021
  • Podcasts

Episode 24: Opioids special #2: Non-pharmacological management options for chronic non-cancer pain

  • 8 March 2021
  • Podcasts

In this special edition of the NPS MedicineWise podcast, Dr Jill Thistlethwaite talks with Dr Tania Gardner, senior physiotherapist with St Vincent's Hospital’s ‘Reboot Online’ Pain Management Program, and Ms Sarah Fowler, a member of Painaustralia’s Consumer Advisory Group, about the non-pharmacological treatment options for patients with chronic non-cancer pain. The discussion draws from Sarah’s consumer experience and outlines effective strategies for motivating patients to actively participate in the shared-decision making process with their health professional. This podcast was developed with funding from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australian Government Department of Health.


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Episode 19: Opioids special #1: Tapering opioids in partnership with patients with chronic non-cancer pain

  • 30 November 2020
  • Podcasts

Episode 19: Opioids special #1: Tapering opioids in partnership with patients with chronic non-cancer pain

  • 30 November 2020
  • Podcasts

In this special edition of the NPS MedicineWise podcast, Dr Jill Thistlethwaite talks with Associate Professor Michael Vagg, pain physician and Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and Mr Don Firth, a member of Painaustralia’s Consumer Advisory Group, about the challenges involved in tapering opioids. They discuss the practical aspects of tapering, drawing from their different experiences, and sharing examples from clinical practice. 

This podcast was developed with funding from the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australian Government Department of Health.


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Episode 18: Dementia and changed behaviours: a person-centred approach

  • 18 November 2020
  • Podcasts

Episode 18: Dementia and changed behaviours: a person-centred approach

  • 18 November 2020
  • Podcasts

In this episode Dr Anna Samecki talks with accredited pharmacist Kara Joyce, who has been overseeing the new NPS MedicineWise program on Dementia and changed behaviours: a person-centred approach. 

They discuss the main issues facing aged care, specifically from a dementia and changed behaviours perspective, the impact of COVID-19 on this space, the importance of person-centred care, and what resources are available for health professionals to support consumers, their families and carers.


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Is medicinal cannabis suitable for me? Is medicinal cannabis suitable for me?

Is medicinal cannabis suitable for me?

  • 1 July 2020
  • Infographics

Is medicinal cannabis suitable for me?

  • 1 July 2020
  • Infographics
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Assessing non-traumatic shoulder pain in general practice

  • 6 July 2018
  • Videos

Assessing non-traumatic shoulder pain in general practice

  • 6 July 2018
  • Videos
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Neuropathic pain: Physical examination sensory tests

  • 8 February 2018
  • Videos

Neuropathic pain: Physical examination sensory tests

  • 8 February 2018
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Understanding codeine dependency: Diagnosis

  • 18 August 2017
  • Podcasts

Understanding codeine dependency: Diagnosis

  • 18 August 2017
  • Podcasts

Dr Malcolm Dobbin and Dr Jill Thistlethwaite discuss codeine misuse disorder and the diagnosis of codeine dependency.