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Independent, not-for-profit and evidence-based, NPS MedicineWise provides practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests to help individuals and health professionals make better health decisions.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.4 • 21 Ratings

Independent, not-for-profit and evidence-based, NPS MedicineWise provides practical tools and information about medicines, health conditions and medical tests to help individuals and health professionals make better health decisions.

    Episode 33: Talking to parents about the COVID vaccine

    Episode 33: Talking to parents about the COVID vaccine

    In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West interviews Professor Julie Leask to discuss the COVID 19 vaccination and it’s availability to children over the age of 12. They discuss the hesitancy some parents have toward the vaccines and how to address the questions parents have.

    Professor Leask works with the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Sydney Institute for Emerging Infectious Diseases, is a Visiting fellow for the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance and works at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia

    • 25 min
    Episode 32: Champix / Varenicline recall

    Episode 32: Champix / Varenicline recall

    In this episode, NPS MedicineWise educational visitor and pharmacist Kara Joyce interviews NPS MedicineWise medical advisor and GP Dr Anna Samecki to discuss the recent TGA alert around varenicline (marketed as Champix) and the implications for practice.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

    • 21 min
    Episode 29: Nicotine scheduling changes – Special episode #2

    Episode 29: Nicotine scheduling changes – Special episode #2

    In this second special edition of the NPS MedicineWise podcast about upcoming scheduling changes to nicotine vaping products, medical adviser and GP Dr Jill Thistlethwaite talks with Adjunct Professor John Skerritt from the Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG), including the Therapeutic Goods Administration at the Australian Government Department of Health and Professor Nick Zwar, Executive Dean of the Health Sciences and Medicine Faculty at Bond University and Chair of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Expert Advisory Group on smoking cessation clinical practice guidelines.

    They provide a brief recap on the new prescribing process for nicotine vaping products that is coming into effect from 1 October 2021 and what GPs need to know about these changes. They also discuss the new standard for prescribing nicotine vaping products and the upcoming RACGP smoking cessation guideline update.

    This podcast was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

    • 22 min
    Episode 28: Nicotine scheduling changes – Special episode #1

    Episode 28: Nicotine scheduling changes – Special episode #1

    In this special edition of the NPS MedicineWise podcast about upcoming scheduling changes to nicotine vaping products, CEO Adj A/Prof Steve Morris talks with Adjunct Prof John Skerritt and Ms Jenny Francis from the Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG), including the Therapeutic Goods Administration at the Australian Government Department of Health. They discuss the new prescribing process for nicotine vaping products that is coming into effect from 1 October 2021, why the regulation is being changed, which products are being affected, and what prescribers need to do to prepare for this change.

    This podcast was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Lilyak ,

What about the people who’ve tried everything else?

What if you’ve done it all and you have a painful, degenerative disease and you meditate and exercise and do physical therapy? It’s INSULTING that you think teaching s patient a “pain model” and suddenly their pain is cured. Sarah Fowler is one patient. A young person. She didn’t know better. What about the patients for whom opioids allow them to live, work, socialise, have a semblance of a life? How dare you assume that all chronic pain is psychological, or not that severe to require opioids, or just an uneducated view. You have done a great disservice to the minority of patients who rely on opioids. And you are ruining lives. Examine the evidence. There is none. This is a travesty. Opioids are safe and appropriate fir some patients and if you can’t tell the difference between people who benefit from opioids and people who have mild / mod pain and don’t need opioids and people who are drug seeking, you don’t deserve your medical licence. Stop harming those who live with severe, daily pain. Stop it!

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