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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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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.

    Podcast 36: Approaching difficult conversations with patients about opioid use

    Podcast 36: Approaching difficult conversations with patients about opioid use

    In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West speaks with Dr Richard O’Regan, an addiction medicine consultant with the Royal Perth Bentley Group about opioid addiction and how to have those very useful, but sometimes very difficult, conversations with patients.

    • 36 min
    Podcast 35: Changing the conversation: 5 questions for patients and health professionals

    Podcast 35: Changing the conversation: 5 questions for patients and health professionals

    In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West interviews Debra Letica and Ricky Spencer talk about how about Choosing Wisely and the 5 questions are resulting in empowering conversations between Health Professionals and patients and more appropriate care

    • 32 min
    Episode 34: Important but not always front of mind – anticholinergic burden

    Episode 34: Important but not always front of mind – anticholinergic burden

    In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical advisor Dr Caroline West talks to our other medical adviser Dr Kate Annear about the cumulative effects of anticholinergic medicines. Not always front of mind, these medicines can cause many problematic side effects and can lead to poor health outcomes including increased risk of falls and cognitive decline. We cover what these medicines are and what can be done. Reviewing people’s multiple medicines and considering deprescribing or finding alternative treatments can reduce ‘anticholinergic burden’.

    • 24 min
    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

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