Choosing Wisely recommendations for opioids

Opioid stewardship in hospitals

Consumer resources for opioids

Opioid resources and activities in primary care

Choosing Opioids Wisely

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Choosing Wisely is improving the prescribing and use of opioids across different healthcare settings. We have developed a suite of resources for consumers and health professionals to support the safe and appropriate use of opioids. Champion Health Services are putting Choosing Wisely recommendations into practice and we have educational programs for primary care.

Read about how we are 'Choosing Opioids Wisely' and get involved in the conversation to reduce unnecessary treatments.

Click here if you are interested in finding out more about joining as a Champion Health Service.


Hospitals

Consumer resources

Primary care

Recommendations for opioids

Choosing Wisely: opioid prescribing in Sunshine Coast University Hospital Emergency Department

What proportion of patients with chronic non-cancer pain are prescribed an opioid analgesic?

Opioid resources and activities in primary care

NPS MedicineWise program

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The educational visiting program from NPS MedicineWise provides clarity on the role of opioids when supporting patients with chronic non-cancer pain. It covers the latest evidence on the management of chronic pain, offers advice on engaging patients to take an active role in managing their pain and resources to support patients tapering their opioid medication.

Program: Opioids, chronic pain and the bigger picture

Video 1: How to have effective conversations with patients about opioids and chronic non-cancer pain

Video 2: Effective conversations when initiating opioid treatment for a patient with chronic non-cancer pain

Video 3: Effective conversations about tapering opioids

Video 4: Effective conversations about psychology referral, opioids and chronic non-cancer pain

Podcast: Opioids special #1 - Tapering opioids in partnership with patients with chronic non-cancer pain

Podcast: Opioids special #2 - Non-pharmacological management options for chronic non-cancer pain

Podcast: Opioids special #3 - Tolerance, dependence and overdose

Living with pain: Consumers and health professionals talk about their experience with chronic non-cancer pain and opioids

1. Living with chronic non-cancer pain

Australians talk about their pain experience and the impact that pain has had on their lives.

2. Individual approaches to pain management

Australians talk about their experiences with a range of different pain management options including those that help them.

3. Experience with opioids and chronic non-cancer pain

Australians talk about taking opioids for pain, effects of opioids and stopping or tapering them.

4. Accessing healthcare and support resources

Australians talk about their experiences with seeking help for pain, communicating with health professionals and being involved in support groups.

5. Non-opioid options for chronic non-cancer pain

Health professionals talk about who can help people living with pain and a team approach to management.

6. Opioids and chronic non-cancer pain

Health professionals talk about the role of opioids in chronic pain, potential harms and dependence, how to stop or taper and recent changes to access and supply.

7. Working together to help manage chronic pain

Health professionals talk about non-opioid options for pain and research into new treatments

Informational video

Information about opioids and chronic non-cancer pain

If you are thinking about starting an opioid medicine to help with the pain you feel, watch this video to learn some important information.

This animated video from NPS MedicineWise and the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) provides information to people who may be considering taking opioids for chronic (ongoing) non-cancer pain. Opioids are a class of medicines taken to help reduce pain. They work on the central nervous system to slow down nerve signals between the brain and the body. This can reduce feelings of pain, but opioids may also produce unwanted effects, ranging from constipation to dangerous slowing down of a person’s breathing. The video aims to help people make an informed decision in partnership with their doctor about whether to start taking an opioid medicine.

NPS MedicineWise is an independent, not-for-profit and evidence-based organisation that works to improve the way health technologies, medicines and medical tests are prescribed and used. www.nps.org.au

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