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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
  • Videos
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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. 


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Acute and Chronic Pain Management

  • 18 August 2017
  • Podcasts

Acute and Chronic Pain Management

  • 18 August 2017
  • Podcasts
In conversation - Dr Simon Holliday, a rural GP and addiction physician, speaks with Dr Jill Thistlethwaite, NPS MedicineWise Medical Advisor, about the use of codeine for the management of acute and chronic pain.   


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Understanding codeine dependency:Management

  • 18 August 2017
  • Podcasts

Understanding codeine dependency:Management

  • 18 August 2017
  • Podcasts
Dr Malcolm Dobbin and Dr Jill Thistlethwaite's discussion on the management of codeine dependency.


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SAMS management algorithm

  • 19 June 2017
  • Infographics

SAMS management algorithm

  • 19 June 2017
  • Infographics
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SAMS Management Algorithm

  • 19 June 2017
  • Infographics

SAMS Management Algorithm

  • 19 June 2017
  • Infographics