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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.

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NPS Medicinewise Podcasts

Latest release on Oct 20, 2020

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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.

Episode 16: Mental Health For Health Professionals

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In this episode Dr Anna Samecki talks with Melissa Black, a clinical psychologist from the Black Dog Institute. They discuss why it’s important for healthcare workers to proactively look after their own mental health, when to seek professional help, some simple ways to manage stress, and some of the resources available including The Essential Network (TEN), an e-health hub for healthcare workers.

Further reading:
The Black Dog Institute: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
TEN - The Essential Network for Health Professionals: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/ten/

Other NPSmedicinewise podcasts: www.nps.org.au/podcast

Oct 20 2020

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Episode 15: Cancer testing during the pandemic

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In the early phase of the pandemic, cancer testing rates fell significantly. In this episode Steve Morris speaks with Professor Dororthy Keefe, CEO of Cancer Australia, about the rates of cancer testing during the pandemic and the potential follow-on effects of this.

Further reading:
Cancer Australia Website: canceraustralia.gov.au
Cancer Won’t Wait Campaign: canceraustralia.gov.au/cancer-wont-wait

Oct 06 2020

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Episode 14: Managing diabetes during COVID-19

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In this episode Steve Morris talks to Greg Johnson, CEO of Diabetes Australia, about the biggest challenges facing people with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic, why diabetes is a ‘pandemic within a pandemic’, feedback from consumers about telehealth, and the importance of addressing mental health.

Further reading

Diabetes Australia: www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS): www.ndss.com.au

RACGP - Management of type 2 diabetes: A handbook for general practice: www.racgp.org.au/clinical-resources/clinical-guidelines/key-racgp-guidelines/view-all-racgp-guidelines/diabetes/introduction

Heads up on diabetes – National Diabetes Week 2020: www.headsupdiabetes.com.au

Sep 21 2020

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Episode 13: Talking about medicines in culturally and linguistically diverse communities

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In this episode NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and GP Dr Anna Samecki talks with Veronica Nou, a community pharmacist working in western Sydney and recipient of a 2020 NSW Humanitarian Award.
This week (7-11 September 2020) is NSW Multicultural Health Week, with a focus on health literacy and the safe use of medicines. In this podcast, Anna and Veronica discuss some of the health issues experienced by culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and some practical ways health professionals can help improve medicines literacy and communications, especially among vulnerable populations.

Further reading:
NSW Multicultural Health Week: www.multiculturalhealthweek.com

Ethnolink: COVID-19 translated resources www.ethnolink.com.au/covid-19-coronavirus-translated-resources

The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National): www.tisnational.gov.au

NPS MedicineWise: Download the NPS MedicineWise Medicines List in English and 10 additional community languages www.nps.org.au/medicineslist

NPS MedicineWise: Links to COVID-19 information translated into community languages www.nps.org.au/COVID-19-in-language

Sep 08 2020

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Episode 12: An insight into the national COVID-19 response

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In this episode NPS MedicineWise CEO Steve Morris is joined by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Australian Government Department of Health.

They discuss the role of the Department of Health’s National Incident Room and the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, the challenges of managing chronic disease during this pandemic - particularly in vulnerable populations, and some the ways health professionals are ensuring continuity of care and access to medicines to patients in this rapidly changing environment.

Further reading
National Incident Room: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/national-incident-room

National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce: covid19evidence.net.au

Aug 26 2020

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Episode 11: Are you Choosing Wisely during the pandemic

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In this episode, Steve Morris speaks with Dr Simon Judkins, an emergency physician working in Victoria at one of the Choosing Wisely Australia Champion Health Service hospitals. They discuss how the Choosing Wisely principles, particularly around resource stewardship and the importance of conversations about what care is necessary, have been relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also look at how new pandemic guidance from Choosing Wisely Australia will help health professionals and consumers navigate the current environment.

Further reading

Choosing Wisely principles: www.choosingwisely.org.au/what-is-choosing-wisely-australia

Choosing Wisely pandemic guidance for health professionals: www.choosingwisely.org.au/resources/health-professionals/choosing-wisely-australia-pandemic-guidance

Choosing Wisely pandemic guidance for consumers: www.choosingwisely.org.au/resources/consumers-and-carers/choosing-wisely-australia-pandemic-guidance

5 questions to ask - for consumers to use to start a conversation with their doctor or other healthcare provider about what matters to them and their health, available in English and 12 additional languages: www.choosingwisely.org.au/resources/consumers-and-carers/5-questions-to-ask-your-doctor-or-other-healthcare-provider-before-you-get-any-test-treatment-or-procedure

Becoming a Choosing Wisely Australia Champion Health Service: www.choosingwisely.org.au/health-services

Aug 12 2020

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Episode 10: Shining a light on vitamin D

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There has been some recent buzz around vitamin D supplements and their role in preventing or even treating COVID-19.

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and GP Dr Anna Samecki talks to NPS MedicineWise senior clinical program officer and pharmacist Rawa Osman to discuss whether or not vitamin D supplements may protect people with COVID-19 from more serious health complications, possible indirect links between vitamin D deficiency and poorer outcomes for people with COVID-19, and quality use of testing principles when it comes to vitamin D.

Further reading
NPS MedicineWise has a new article for consumers on vitamin D and COVID-19: https://www.nps.org.au/news/vitamin-d-and-covid-19

Jul 31 2020

15mins

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Episode 9: The PSA and COVID-19

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In this episode, Steve Morris speaks with Chris Freeman, National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) about how pharmacists have responded and adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, navigated medicines access challenges and enabled continuity of care, and the importance of taking care of their own health and wellbeing.

Further reading
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) information for pharmacists: www.psa.org.au/coronavirus/
NPS MedicineWise COVID-19 information hub: www.nps.org.au/coronavirus

Jul 14 2020

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Episode 8: COVID-19 and the TGA

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In this episode, NPS MedicineWise CEO Steve Morris speaks with the head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) John Skerritt about how the TGA is supporting clinicians and consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They discuss some of the unique challenges the TGA has faced and the way it has adapted to these, along with innovations that should be continued beyond the pandemic period.

Further reading:

The Therapeutic Goods Administration: www.TGA.gov.au
The refreshed NPS MedicineWise COVID-19 information hub: www.nps.org.au/coronavirus

Jul 06 2020

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Episode 7: Cardiovascular disease and COVID-19

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In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and GP Dr Anna Samecki talks to Natalie Raffoul, clinical pharmacist and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Manager at the Heart Foundation about the link between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and COVID-19.

Jun 29 2020

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Episode 6: Dexamethasone and COVID-19 - an initial look

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Early results from the RECOVERY trial in the UK are showing that steroid medicine dexamethasone reduces death in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19.

In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and GP Dr Anna Samecki talks to NPS MedicineWise senior clinical program officer and pharmacist Rawa Osman to take an initial look at what the preliminary results may show, implications for practice in Australia, and some tips on how to have conversations with patients about these findings.

Jun 23 2020

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Episode 5: Quality use of medicines and COVID-19

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Episode 5: Quality use of medicines and COVID-19 by NPS Medicinewise

Jun 17 2020

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Episode 4: The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

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In this episode, CEO of NPS MedicineWise Adj A/Prof Steve Morris talks with Executive Director of the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce A/Prof Julian Elliott. They discuss the role of the Clinical Evidence Taskforce during this pandemic, NPS MedicineWise joining the Taskforce as a partner, the role of living evidence and guidelines, and recent and upcoming clinical topics to be covered by the Taskforce.

To access the latest continually updated, evidence-based clinical guidelines and to find out more about the National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce go to https://covid19evidence.net.au/

To read the latest on the NPS MedicineWise COVID-19 information hub go to www.nps.org.au/coronavirus

A joint media statement from NPS MedicineWise and the Clinical Evidence Taskforce about their partnership is available at www.nps.org.au/media

Jun 11 2020

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Episode 3: Quality use of testing during COVID-19

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The advice from Australian health authorities around testing has been evolving as the COVID-19 situation evolves. And as with everything to do with COVID-19, even the available tests are new, with the data growing all the time.
In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and GP Dr Anna Samecki interviews fellow medical adviser and GP Dr Jill Thistlethwaite about how clinicians can practice quality use of testing during this pandemic.

Jun 01 2020

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Episode 2: Remdesivir, antivirals and COVID-19

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Currently there are no approved medicines to treat COVID-19. However, there are several trials underway assessing the role of antiviral medicines, including remdesivir, in the treatment of COVID-19.
In this episode, NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and GP Dr Anna Samecki talks with CEO Adj A/Prof Steve Morris about the latest evidence for remdesivir and what this might mean for treating COVID-19.

May 22 2020

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Episode 1 – Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

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In this episode, we look at emerging evidence for the use of hydroxychloroquine during COVID-19, and whether it is actually a ‘miracle drug’ that will save lives during this pandemic.

May 15 2020

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SafeScript podcast 4: Patient-centred care: An insider’s view

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Join us for a conversation between podcast host Lynn Weekes; Ferghal Armstrong, a general practitioner practising in regional Victoria; Jarrod McMaugh, a community pharmacist who is also the President of Chronic Pain Australia and Denise “Rustie” Lassam, a person with lived experience of addiction to prescription medicines. This discussion focuses on patient-centred care and the importance of language in reducing stigma.

This podcast series was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and produced by NPS MedicineWise.

Oct 02 2019

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SafeScript podcast 3: Benzodiazepines: Keep calm and prescribe responsibly

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Listen to Nick Carr, a general practitioner; Shalini Arunogiri, an addiction psychiatrist; Jane Andersonwurf, a program support specialist at Reconnexion; Natalie Corrigan, a person with lived experience of benzodiazepine dependency and podcast host Lynn Weekes discuss the risks of long-term benzodiazepine use and how gradual dose tapering can be carefully and safely achieved in the primacy care setting.

This podcast series was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and produced by NPS MedicineWise.

Oct 02 2019

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SafeScript podcast 2: Managing chronic pain: Practical approaches for a complex problem

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Hear Yvonne Bonomo, an addiction medicine specialist; Malcolm Hogg, a pain specialist from Royal Melbourne Hospital; Ferghal Armstrong, a general practitioner practicing in regional Victoria and podcast host Lynn Weekes discuss practical approaches to managing chronic pain in people with co-existing mental health conditions in the primary care setting.

This podcast series was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and produced by NPS MedicineWise.

Oct 02 2019

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SafeScript podcast 1: Opioids: Helping or hindering your patient?

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Join us for a conversation between Julian Rait, President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Victoria; Anthony Tassone, President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) Victoria; Malcolm Hogg, a pain specialist at Royal Melbourne Hospital and podcast host Lynn Weekes, community pharmacist and former CEO of NPS MedicineWise. Together, they discuss how doctors and pharmacists can use SafeScript to reduce the harms associated with opioids and improve collaborative care.

This podcast series was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and produced by NPS MedicineWise.

Oct 02 2019

31mins

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