Choosing Wisely Australia resources for consumers and carers

Choosing Wisely Australia resources for consumers and carers

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.

 

Communicating with your health provider - tips for your appointment

 

It's not always easy to communicate with health professionals, especially if you don't know them very well. Here are some tips for your next healthcare appointment. Read our tips now.

 

List of resources for consumers and carers


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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Last reviewed 01 March 2016