5 questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider

 

Some tests, treatments, and procedures provide little benefit. And in some cases, they may even cause harm.
Use the 5 questions to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little. Read the 5 questions.

 

Helping you put the Choosing Wisely initiative into practice

 

You want to address unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures in your health service.

Use the Choosing Wisely implementation toolkit to make sure all your governance, change management, communications, design, evaluation and intervention needs are covered. It provides you with best-practice information, tools and templates for your project.

 
Choosing Wisely Australia resources for clinicians

Resources for health professionals about tests, treatments & procedures.

Choosing Wisely Australia® clinician resources list
Choosing Wisely Australia resources for colleges, societies and supporters

Resources for colleges, societies & supporters. Includes a kit to assist with communicating about Choosing Wisely Australia.

Choosing Wisely Australia® organisational resources list
List of resources for consumers and carers

Resources for consumers & carers about healthcare tests, treatments & procedures.

Choosing Wisely Australia® consumer resources list
Choosing Wisely Australia translated resources

Translated information about tests & treatments in Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Spanish & Vietnamese.

Find Choosing Wisely Australia® translated resources
Choosing Wisely Australia videos

Videos about the Choosing Wisely campaign.

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Choosing Wisely in Australia reports

Our yearly report highlighting the progress of the Choosing Wisely initiative in Australia

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Journal articles

Articles discussing low-value care and Choosing Wisely.

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Choosing Wisely implementation toolkit

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Choosing Wisely Australia® implementation toolkit

Resources

 

Acne (pimples, zits, spots) is a very common skin condition that usually begins in adolescence. Find out more about the causes and treatment of acne.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Adrenaline (epinephrine) reverses the effects of anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction and should be treated as a medical emergency.

Advance Care Planning is an important process. It involves talking with friends and loved ones about your future health care wishes, documenting what you may or may not want and it can include appointing a substitute decision maker. It enables you to take control of your future health care and treatment if you are not able to communicate your wishes. Read more.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects. Read about benzodiazepine use on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

The increasing morbidity and disability that accompanies ageing encourages a greater dependence on medicines to cure, slow the progression of, or reduce symptoms of disease. Read about medicines for an ageing population on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

Adrenaline (epinephrine) reverses the effects of anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction and should be treated as a medical emergency.

ASCIA has developed guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Find out more about maternal diet and infant feeding practices here.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

ASCIA provides information for health professionals, including clinical updates, action/treatment plans, checklists, position papers and guidelines.

ASCIA provides advice on breastfeeding and introduction of solid foods to infants in order to prevent or minimise development of allergies.

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

ASCIA provides information for health professionals, including clinical updates, action/treatment plans, checklists, position papers and guidelines.

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

Adrenaline (epinephrine) reverses the effects of anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction and should be treated as a medical emergency.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

Ankle and knee resources for consumers, including useful links and factsheets.

Ankle and knee resources for clinicians, including guidelines, continuing professional development (CPD), and tools, calculators and apps.

Resources about antibiotics for clinicians, including guidelines, continuing professional development (CPD) and tools, calculators and apps.

Antibiotics resources for consumers, including background information about antibiotics, useful links and information translated into Arabic, Chinese (simplified and Chinese (Traditional).

NPS MedicineWise and Tropfest are spreading the word that antibiotics are losing their power through misuse and overuse. Watch the videos to learn more about antibiotic resistance.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

The exact cause of low back pain can be difficult to identify. Download a factsheet about managing back pain.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid.

When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects. Read about benzodiazepine use on the NPS MedicineWise website.

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

Fatigue is a symptom that can have many causes, and there is no specific test, only tests may help to identify a physical cause for tiredness.

Blood is a precious resource generously donated by volunteers. Learn more about using blood and blood products appropriately to prevent wastage.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

Bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, including the common cold and flu. Find out more.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The RANZCR Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations and clinical decision rules booklet elaborates on each RANZCR recommendation.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

Antibiotics aren’t likely to help coughs, colds or sore throats. Download a factsheet about treating respiratory infections here.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging Android App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

Use these 5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little.

Medicines do not have to be part of your care plan for dementia, and if they are, they do not have to play a large role in your life. NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer’s Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. Read about how to communicate about dementia and your care on the NPS MedicineWise website.

When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects. Read about benzodiazepine use on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Managing several medicines at once can be a challenge, but these tips will help you avoid mishaps. Read about managing several medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, including the common cold and flu. Find out more.

Antibiotics aren’t likely to help coughs, colds or sore throats. Download a factsheet about treating respiratory infections here.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

Medicines do not have to be part of your care plan for dementia, and if they are, they do not have to play a large role in your life. NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer’s Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. Read about how to communicate about dementia and your care on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Acne (pimples, zits, spots) is a very common skin condition that usually begins in adolescence. Find out more about the causes and treatment of acne.

Urticaria (hives) is an itchy skin rash that can have various causes. Find out more about diagnosis and treatment of urticaria.

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

Ankle and knee resources for consumers, including useful links and factsheets.

Ankle and knee resources for clinicians, including guidelines, continuing professional development (CPD), and tools, calculators and apps.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The exact cause of low back pain can be difficult to identify. Download a factsheet about managing back pain.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging Android App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging iTunes App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects. Read about benzodiazepine use on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually get better on their own and don’t need antibiotic treatment. Find out more.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) provide guidelines for pathology testing in the emergency department.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

Advance Care Planning is an important process. It involves talking with friends and loved ones about your future health care wishes, documenting what you may or may not want and it can include appointing a substitute decision maker. It enables you to take control of your future health care and treatment if you are not able to communicate your wishes. Read more.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

Use these 5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little.

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider before you get any test, treatment, or procedure - download a factsheet or poster for waiting rooms here.

Good communication between you and your healthcare provider is important. Download a factsheet with suggestions to help you get the most out of your doctor appointments.

Use these 5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little.

Antibiotics aren’t likely to help coughs, colds or sore throats. Download a factsheet about treating respiratory infections here.

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

The exact cause of low back pain can be difficult to identify. Download a factsheet about managing back pain.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

Fatigue is often associated with lifestyle, psychosocial and physical causes, or a combination of these. Learn more about diagnosis of fatigue.

Fatigue is often associated with lifestyle, psychosocial and physical causes, or a combination of these. Learn more about diagnosis of fatigue.

Fatigue is a symptom that can have many causes, and there is no specific test, only tests may help to identify a physical cause for tiredness.

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

Bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, including the common cold and flu. Find out more.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

Fatigue is a symptom that can have many causes, and there is no specific test, only tests may help to identify a physical cause for tiredness.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid.

Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually get better on their own and don’t need antibiotic treatment. Find out more.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider before you get any test, treatment, or procedure - download a graphic for waiting room TV systems here.

ASCIA provides information for health professionals, including clinical updates, action/treatment plans, checklists, position papers and guidelines.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) provide guidelines for pathology testing in the emergency department.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The RANZCR Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations and clinical decision rules booklet elaborates on each RANZCR recommendation.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Adrenaline (epinephrine) reverses the effects of anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction and should be treated as a medical emergency.

ASCIA has developed guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Find out more about maternal diet and infant feeding practices here.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

ASCIA provides information for health professionals, including clinical updates, action/treatment plans, checklists, position papers and guidelines.

ASCIA provides advice on breastfeeding and introduction of solid foods to infants in order to prevent or minimise development of allergies.

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

ASCIA has developed guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Find out more about maternal diet and infant feeding practices here.

ASCIA provides advice on breastfeeding and introduction of solid foods to infants in order to prevent or minimise development of allergies.

ASCIA has developed guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Find out more about maternal diet and infant feeding practices here.

ASCIA provides advice on breastfeeding and introduction of solid foods to infants in order to prevent or minimise development of allergies.

Fatigue is often associated with lifestyle, psychosocial and physical causes, or a combination of these. Learn more about diagnosis of fatigue.

Antibiotics aren’t likely to help coughs, colds or sore throats. Download a factsheet about treating respiratory infections here.

Fatigue is often associated with lifestyle, psychosocial and physical causes, or a combination of these. Learn more about diagnosis of fatigue.

Fatigue is a symptom that can have many causes, and there is no specific test, only tests may help to identify a physical cause for tiredness.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Advance Care Planning is an important process. It involves talking with friends and loved ones about your future health care wishes, documenting what you may or may not want and it can include appointing a substitute decision maker. It enables you to take control of your future health care and treatment if you are not able to communicate your wishes. Read more.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

The exact cause of low back pain can be difficult to identify. Download a factsheet about managing back pain.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging Android App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Medicines do not have to be part of your care plan for dementia, and if they are, they do not have to play a large role in your life. NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer’s Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. Read about how to communicate about dementia and your care on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid.

The increasing morbidity and disability that accompanies ageing encourages a greater dependence on medicines to cure, slow the progression of, or reduce symptoms of disease. Read about medicines for an ageing population on the NPS MedicineWise website.

When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects. Read about benzodiazepine use on the NPS MedicineWise website.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

A medicines review can improve your treatment and prevent problems, especially for elderly patients taking multiple drugs.

Managing several medicines at once can be a challenge, but these tips will help you avoid mishaps. Read about managing several medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

Is pregabalin being prescribed for pain other than neuropathic pain? Is it being used according to guidelines and the best available evidence? Once prescribed, are patients receiving optimal benefit? Providing health professionals with answers to these questions is essential for ensuring accurate diagnosis, appropriate prescribing of neuropathic pain medicines and improved quality of life of patients with neuropathic pain. Read more about pregabalin and gabapentin from the NPS MedicineWise website.

How often should you monitor your blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes? Download a factsheet about self-monitoring and managing diabetes.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

A medicines review can improve your treatment and prevent problems, especially for elderly patients taking multiple drugs.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

RANZCO’s Choosing Wisely Australia messages are about ophthalmology test, treatments and procedures to question. Read a Public Information Sheet about eye healthcare.

From 1st February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine are no longer available without prescription. The medicines affected include codeine-containing combination analgesics, available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, and pharmacy generic pain relief products, and codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products, available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines.

From 1st February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine are no longer available without prescription. The medicines affected include codeine-containing combination analgesics, available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, and pharmacy generic pain relief products, and codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products, available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines.

Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually get better on their own and don’t need antibiotic treatment. Find out more.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

ASCIA has developed guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Find out more about maternal diet and infant feeding practices here.

From 1st February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine are no longer available without prescription. The medicines affected include codeine-containing combination analgesics, available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, and pharmacy generic pain relief products, and codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products, available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines.

From 1st February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine are no longer available without prescription. The medicines affected include codeine-containing combination analgesics, available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, and pharmacy generic pain relief products, and codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products, available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines.

Is pregabalin being prescribed for pain other than neuropathic pain? Is it being used according to guidelines and the best available evidence? Once prescribed, are patients receiving optimal benefit? Providing health professionals with answers to these questions is essential for ensuring accurate diagnosis, appropriate prescribing of neuropathic pain medicines and improved quality of life of patients with neuropathic pain. Read more about pregabalin and gabapentin from the NPS MedicineWise website.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

Advance Care Planning is an important process. It involves talking with friends and loved ones about your future health care wishes, documenting what you may or may not want and it can include appointing a substitute decision maker. It enables you to take control of your future health care and treatment if you are not able to communicate your wishes. Read more.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Advance Care Planning is an important process. It involves talking with friends and loved ones about your future health care wishes, documenting what you may or may not want and it can include appointing a substitute decision maker. It enables you to take control of your future health care and treatment if you are not able to communicate your wishes. Read more.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) provide guidelines for pathology testing in the emergency department.

The NHMRC provides an evidence summary on prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) announced a new position statement on the use and interpretation of vitamin D testing. 

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

Vitamin D levels are determined by a simple blood test that measures 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Medicines do not have to be part of your care plan for dementia, and if they are, they do not have to play a large role in your life. NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer’s Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. Read about how to communicate about dementia and your care on the NPS MedicineWise website.

The increasing morbidity and disability that accompanies ageing encourages a greater dependence on medicines to cure, slow the progression of, or reduce symptoms of disease. Read about medicines for an ageing population on the NPS MedicineWise website.

When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Using benzodiazepines continuously for longer than 4 weeks can be problematic because tolerance and dependence are more likely to develop, which can lead to more severe side effects. Read about benzodiazepine use on the NPS MedicineWise website.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

Managing several medicines at once can be a challenge, but these tips will help you avoid mishaps. Read about managing several medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

The increasing morbidity and disability that accompanies ageing encourages a greater dependence on medicines to cure, slow the progression of, or reduce symptoms of disease. Read about medicines for an ageing population on the NPS MedicineWise website.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

A medicines review can improve your treatment and prevent problems, especially for elderly patients taking multiple drugs.

Managing several medicines at once can be a challenge, but these tips will help you avoid mishaps. Read about managing several medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

ASCIA provides information for health professionals, including clinical updates, action/treatment plans, checklists, position papers and guidelines.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) announced a new position statement on the use and interpretation of vitamin D testing. 

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider before you get any test, treatment, or procedure - download a factsheet or poster for waiting rooms here.

The NHMRC provides an evidence summary on prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

The NHMRC provides an evidence summary on prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men.

Heartburn and reflux medicines (proton pump inhibitors) are often only needed for a short time. Download a factsheet about managing heartburn and reflux.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The exact cause of low back pain can be difficult to identify. Download a factsheet about managing back pain.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging Android App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging iTunes App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

The RANZCR Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations and clinical decision rules booklet elaborates on each RANZCR recommendation.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

Antibiotics aren’t likely to help coughs, colds or sore throats. Download a factsheet about treating respiratory infections here.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging Android App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging iTunes App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

Antibiotics aren’t likely to help coughs, colds or sore throats. Download a factsheet about treating respiratory infections here.

Blood is a precious resource generously donated by volunteers. Learn more about using blood and blood products appropriately to prevent wastage.

Advance Care Planning is an important process. It involves talking with friends and loved ones about your future health care wishes, documenting what you may or may not want and it can include appointing a substitute decision maker. It enables you to take control of your future health care and treatment if you are not able to communicate your wishes. Read more.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging Android App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

Urticaria (hives) is an itchy skin rash that can have various causes. Find out more about diagnosis and treatment of urticaria.

Advance Care Planning is an important process. It involves talking with friends and loved ones about your future health care wishes, documenting what you may or may not want and it can include appointing a substitute decision maker. It enables you to take control of your future health care and treatment if you are not able to communicate your wishes. Read more.

NPS MedicineWise and Tropfest are spreading the word that antibiotics are losing their power through misuse and overuse. Watch the videos to learn more about antibiotic resistance.

A medicines review can improve your treatment and prevent problems, especially for elderly patients taking multiple drugs.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) announced a new position statement on the use and interpretation of vitamin D testing. 

Vitamin D levels are determined by a simple blood test that measures 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) announced a new position statement on the use and interpretation of vitamin D testing. 

Vitamin D levels are determined by a simple blood test that measures 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).

Fatigue is often associated with lifestyle, psychosocial and physical causes, or a combination of these. Learn more about diagnosis of fatigue.

Acne (pimples, zits, spots) is a very common skin condition that usually begins in adolescence. Find out more about the causes and treatment of acne.

Adrenaline (epinephrine) reverses the effects of anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction and should be treated as a medical emergency.

ASCIA has developed guidelines for allergy prevention in infants. Find out more about maternal diet and infant feeding practices here.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

ASCIA provides information for health professionals, including clinical updates, action/treatment plans, checklists, position papers and guidelines.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, including the common cold and flu. Find out more.

From 1st February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine are no longer available without prescription. The medicines affected include codeine-containing combination analgesics, available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, and pharmacy generic pain relief products, and codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products, available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Fatigue is often associated with lifestyle, psychosocial and physical causes, or a combination of these. Learn more about diagnosis of fatigue.

ASCIA provides advice on breastfeeding and introduction of solid foods to infants in order to prevent or minimise development of allergies.

Fatigue is a symptom that can have many causes, and there is no specific test, only tests may help to identify a physical cause for tiredness.

Medicines do not have to be part of your care plan for dementia, and if they are, they do not have to play a large role in your life. NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer’s Australia have prepared downloadable materials to help you ask questions and talk with people close to you and the health professionals involved in your care about how you would like to be supported. Read about how to communicate about dementia and your care on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid.

Middle ear infections (otitis media) usually get better on their own and don’t need antibiotic treatment. Find out more.

The increasing morbidity and disability that accompanies ageing encourages a greater dependence on medicines to cure, slow the progression of, or reduce symptoms of disease. Read about medicines for an ageing population on the NPS MedicineWise website.

From 1st February 2018, medicines that contain low-dose codeine are no longer available without prescription. The medicines affected include codeine-containing combination analgesics, available under brand names such as Panadeine, Nurofen Plus and Mersyndol, and pharmacy generic pain relief products, and codeine-containing cough, cold and flu products, available under brand ranges such as Codral, Demazin and pharmacy generic cough, cold and flu medicines.

Is pregabalin being prescribed for pain other than neuropathic pain? Is it being used according to guidelines and the best available evidence? Once prescribed, are patients receiving optimal benefit? Providing health professionals with answers to these questions is essential for ensuring accurate diagnosis, appropriate prescribing of neuropathic pain medicines and improved quality of life of patients with neuropathic pain. Read more about pregabalin and gabapentin from the NPS MedicineWise website.

The NHMRC provides an evidence summary on prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men.

RANZCO’s Choosing Wisely Australia messages are about ophthalmology test, treatments and procedures to question. Read a Public Information Sheet about eye healthcare.

When it comes to sleeping pills, it is important that you understand the risks, how to use them safely and know when not to use them. Read about sleeping pills on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Blood is a precious resource generously donated by volunteers. Learn more about using blood and blood products appropriately to prevent wastage.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

Tumour markers can be helpful in diagnosing, monitoring and treating cancer. Find out more about tumour biomarkers here.

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

Allergy diagnosis and treatment should be evidence-based. Read more about unproven techniques and complementary medicine for asthma, hay fever and allergies.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

Urticaria (hives) is an itchy skin rash that can have various causes. Find out more about diagnosis and treatment of urticaria.

A medicines review can improve your treatment and prevent problems, especially for elderly patients taking multiple drugs.

Vitamin D levels are determined by a simple blood test that measures 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD).

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

Last reviewed 06 May 2019