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


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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Last reviewed 01 March 2016