Australians urged to ‘take charge’ of their medicines


NPS 2016 MedicineWise week collateral, woman taking pills for a walk

NPS MedicineWise has announced that Be Medicinewise Week will be held this year from 22-28 August 2016.

This year is the sixth annual Be Medicinewise Week, a national awareness week promoting the safer and wiser use of medicines by all Australians.

‘Take Charge!’ is this year’s theme and encourages Australians to have conversations with health professionals about their health to get the most out of their prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines, and to seek out evidence-based information to help them make better decisions about their health.

The 2016 campaign is encouraging people to:

  • ask the right questions;
  • ask the right people; and
  • follow the right advice.

NPS MedicineWise CEO Dr Lynn Weekes says that good management of medicines can make all the difference when it comes to ensuring good health.

“We all take medicines, but too often we take them for granted,” says Dr Weekes.

“Being medicinewise means getting the most benefit from your medicines. This Be Medicinewise Week, we are encouraging people to take charge of their health when it comes to medicines.

“This means asking the right questions before they take a medicine, asking the right people for evidence-based advice and following the right advice on using medicines.”

To find out more about Be Medicinewise Week visit nps.org.au/bmw2016

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