Choosing Wisely Australia resources for clinicians

Choosing Wisely Australia resources for clinicians

Antibiotic Awareness Week

 

Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. This year, Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held from 14 - 20 November 2016. Get links to CPD activities, guidelines and publications on our antibiotics resources page for clinicians.

 

List of resources for clinicians


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.

A decision aid based on the 'STOP' guide, a stepwise protocol for addressing cessation of benzodiazepine therapy with patients and carers. Read about the benzodiazepine decision aid on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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

Half of all Australians aged between 65–74 years and two-thirds of those aged 75 and over report taking 5 or more medicines daily. While this level of medicines use may be indicated in older people, it is not without harms. Read about anticipating the risks of polypharmacy on the NPS MedicineWise website.

There is a long history of using antipsychotics in patients displaying BPSD. However, there is a growing concern that antipsychotics and similar medicines are being overprescribed to people with dementia first line as a means of behaviour control. Read about antipsychotic use in dementia 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.

People with asymptomatic bacteriuria are at an increased risk of developing symptomatic UTI. But treatment will not decrease this risk or improve other outcomes other than in populations for whom treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria has been shown to be beneficial. Read about treatment for asymptomatic bacteriuria on the NPS MedicineWise website.

A decision aid based on the 'STOP' guide, a stepwise protocol for addressing cessation of benzodiazepine therapy with patients and carers. Read about the benzodiazepine decision aid on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Medicines are essential to caring for older people but the benefits can only be realised when the risks of medicines use in this group are addressed. Read about medicine management for older people 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.

Medicines use in older people is a complex balance between managing disease and avoiding medicines-related problems. Stopping medicines is sometimes necessary to maintain this balance and this is an important part of good medicines management. Read about stopping medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer's Australia have developed a fact sheet discussing the reasons for, or causes, of distress in people with dementia, and suggesting strategies to prevent or eliminate these underlying factors. Read about reasons for and strategies to assist with distress in people with dementia on the NPS MedicineWise website

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.

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.

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.

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their back pain.

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

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.

There is a long history of using antipsychotics in patients displaying BPSD. However, there is a growing concern that antipsychotics and similar medicines are being overprescribed to people with dementia first line as a means of behaviour control. Read about antipsychotic use in dementia 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. Access the clinical e-audit on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their back pain.

People with asymptomatic bacteriuria are at an increased risk of developing symptomatic UTI. But treatment will not decrease this risk or improve other outcomes other than in populations for whom treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria has been shown to be beneficial. Read about treatment for asymptomatic bacteriuria on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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.

A decision aid based on the 'STOP' guide, a stepwise protocol for addressing cessation of benzodiazepine therapy with patients and carers. Read about the benzodiazepine decision aid 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. Access the clinical e-audit 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Half of all Australians aged between 65–74 years and two-thirds of those aged 75 and over report taking 5 or more medicines daily. While this level of medicines use may be indicated in older people, it is not without harms. Read about anticipating the risks of polypharmacy on the NPS MedicineWise website.

There is a long history of using antipsychotics in patients displaying BPSD. However, there is a growing concern that antipsychotics and similar medicines are being overprescribed to people with dementia first line as a means of behaviour control. Read about antipsychotic use in dementia on the NPS MedicineWise website.

NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer's Australia have developed a fact sheet discussing the reasons for, or causes, of distress in people with dementia, and suggesting strategies to prevent or eliminate these underlying factors. Read about reasons for and strategies to assist with distress in people with dementia on the NPS MedicineWise website

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.

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

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.

A decision aid based on the 'STOP' guide, a stepwise protocol for addressing cessation of benzodiazepine therapy with patients and carers. Read about the benzodiazepine decision aid on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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

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.

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

Thyroid function tests are not recommended for asymptomatic low-risk people. When is testing appropriate and who is at risk of thyroid dysfunction?

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

The fatigue information prescription is designed to allow a health professional to select information to create a unique, personalised ‘fact sheet’ for every patient.

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

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to treat heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn about PPIs and managing acid-peptic disorders.

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.

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

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to treat heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn about PPIs and managing acid-peptic disorders.

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. Access the clinical e-audit on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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

Thyroid function tests are not recommended for asymptomatic low-risk people. When is testing appropriate and who is at risk of thyroid dysfunction?

There is a long history of using antipsychotics in patients displaying BPSD. However, there is a growing concern that antipsychotics and similar medicines are being overprescribed to people with dementia first line as a means of behaviour control. Read about antipsychotic use in dementia on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Medicines are essential to caring for older people but the benefits can only be realised when the risks of medicines use in this group are addressed. Read about medicine management for older people 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. Access the clinical e-audit on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Medicines are essential to caring for older people but the benefits can only be realised when the risks of medicines use in this group are addressed. Read about medicine management for older people 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. Access the clinical e-audit 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.

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.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to treat heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn about PPIs and managing acid-peptic disorders.

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

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to treat heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn about PPIs and managing acid-peptic disorders.

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.

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.

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

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

The fatigue information prescription is designed to allow a health professional to select information to create a unique, personalised ‘fact sheet’ for every patient.

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

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

The fatigue information prescription is designed to allow a health professional to select information to create a unique, personalised ‘fact sheet’ for every patient.

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

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

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their 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.

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their back pain.

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.

Half of all Australians aged between 65–74 years and two-thirds of those aged 75 and over report taking 5 or more medicines daily. While this level of medicines use may be indicated in older people, it is not without harms. Read about anticipating the risks of polypharmacy on the NPS MedicineWise website.

There is a long history of using antipsychotics in patients displaying BPSD. However, there is a growing concern that antipsychotics and similar medicines are being overprescribed to people with dementia first line as a means of behaviour control. Read about antipsychotic use in dementia 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.

A decision aid based on the 'STOP' guide, a stepwise protocol for addressing cessation of benzodiazepine therapy with patients and carers. Read about the benzodiazepine decision aid on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Medicines are essential to caring for older people but the benefits can only be realised when the risks of medicines use in this group are addressed. Read about medicine management for older people 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. Access the clinical e-audit 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.

Medicines use in older people is a complex balance between managing disease and avoiding medicines-related problems. Stopping medicines is sometimes necessary to maintain this balance and this is an important part of good medicines management. Read about stopping medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer's Australia have developed a fact sheet discussing the reasons for, or causes, of distress in people with dementia, and suggesting strategies to prevent or eliminate these underlying factors. Read about reasons for and strategies to assist with distress in people with dementia 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.

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

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

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their back pain.

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

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. 

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 tests may not be appropriate for people who have no known risk factors for vitamin D deficiency. Learn more.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to treat heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn about PPIs and managing acid-peptic disorders.

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.

Half of all Australians aged between 65–74 years and two-thirds of those aged 75 and over report taking 5 or more medicines daily. While this level of medicines use may be indicated in older people, it is not without harms. Read about anticipating the risks of polypharmacy on the NPS MedicineWise website.

There is a long history of using antipsychotics in patients displaying BPSD. However, there is a growing concern that antipsychotics and similar medicines are being overprescribed to people with dementia first line as a means of behaviour control. Read about antipsychotic use in dementia 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.

Medicines use in older people is a complex balance between managing disease and avoiding medicines-related problems. Stopping medicines is sometimes necessary to maintain this balance and this is an important part of good medicines management. Read about stopping medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer's Australia have developed a fact sheet discussing the reasons for, or causes, of distress in people with dementia, and suggesting strategies to prevent or eliminate these underlying factors. Read about reasons for and strategies to assist with distress in people with dementia 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.

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their back pain.

Half of all Australians aged between 65–74 years and two-thirds of those aged 75 and over report taking 5 or more medicines daily. While this level of medicines use may be indicated in older people, it is not without harms. Read about anticipating the risks of polypharmacy on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Medicines are essential to caring for older people but the benefits can only be realised when the risks of medicines use in this group are addressed. Read about medicine management for older people 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to treat heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn about PPIs and managing acid-peptic disorders.

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.

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their 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.

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.

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

NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer's Australia have developed a fact sheet discussing the reasons for, or causes, of distress in people with dementia, and suggesting strategies to prevent or eliminate these underlying factors. Read about reasons for and strategies to assist with distress in people with dementia 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.

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

Low back pain is very common and there are effective and simple ways to treat it. Download a symptomatic management pad to help your patients manage their back pain.

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

Thyroid function tests are not recommended for asymptomatic low-risk people. When is testing appropriate and who is at risk of thyroid dysfunction?

Thyroid function tests are not recommended for asymptomatic low-risk people. When is testing appropriate and who is at risk of thyroid dysfunction?

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.

People with asymptomatic bacteriuria are at an increased risk of developing symptomatic UTI. But treatment will not decrease this risk or improve other outcomes other than in populations for whom treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria has been shown to be beneficial. Read about treatment for asymptomatic bacteriuria on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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.

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

Vitamin D tests may not be appropriate for people who have no known risk factors for vitamin D deficiency. Learn more.

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

Vitamin D tests may not be appropriate for people who have no known risk factors for vitamin D deficiency. Learn more.

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

Half of all Australians aged between 65–74 years and two-thirds of those aged 75 and over report taking 5 or more medicines daily. While this level of medicines use may be indicated in older people, it is not without harms. Read about anticipating the risks of polypharmacy on the NPS MedicineWise website.

There is a long history of using antipsychotics in patients displaying BPSD. However, there is a growing concern that antipsychotics and similar medicines are being overprescribed to people with dementia first line as a means of behaviour control. Read about antipsychotic use in dementia on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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.

People with asymptomatic bacteriuria are at an increased risk of developing symptomatic UTI. But treatment will not decrease this risk or improve other outcomes other than in populations for whom treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria has been shown to be beneficial. Read about treatment for asymptomatic bacteriuria on the NPS MedicineWise website.

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

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.

A decision aid based on the 'STOP' guide, a stepwise protocol for addressing cessation of benzodiazepine therapy with patients and carers. Read about the benzodiazepine decision aid on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to treat heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn about PPIs and managing acid-peptic disorders.

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

Medicines are essential to caring for older people but the benefits can only be realised when the risks of medicines use in this group are addressed. Read about medicine management for older people 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. Access the clinical e-audit 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.

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

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

Medicines use in older people is a complex balance between managing disease and avoiding medicines-related problems. Stopping medicines is sometimes necessary to maintain this balance and this is an important part of good medicines management. Read about stopping medicines on the NPS MedicineWise website.

NPS MedicineWise and Alzheimer's Australia have developed a fact sheet discussing the reasons for, or causes, of distress in people with dementia, and suggesting strategies to prevent or eliminate these underlying factors. Read about reasons for and strategies to assist with distress in people with dementia 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.

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

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 tests may not be appropriate for people who have no known risk factors for vitamin D deficiency. Learn more.

Thyroid function tests are not recommended for asymptomatic low-risk people. When is testing appropriate and who is at risk of thyroid dysfunction?

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

Last reviewed 01 March 2016