Choosing Opioids Wisely
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 also 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 to find out more about joining Choosing Wisely as a Champion Health Service.
Opioid stewardship in hospitals
Lightning talk: Opioid prescribing in Sunshine Coast University Hospital Emergency Department
Lightning talk: What proportion of patients with chronic non-cancer pain are prescribed an opioid analgesic?
Webinar: "Opioid Wisely: Impact of policy interventions on oxycodone prescribing"
Opioid resources and activities in primary care
NPS MedicineWise program
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.
Continuing professional development
Clinical case study for GPs and Pharmacists - Chronic pain: Supporting patients to taper opioids
Webinar for GPs - Opioid prescribing: strategies for GPs to optimise chronic non-cancer pain management and minimise harms
Webinar for Pharmacists - Supporting patients living with chronic non-cancer pain – the role of the pharmacist
Webinar for Dentists - Prescribing for dental pain: What are the options?
Videos for primary care
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
Choosing Wisely consumer resources
Living with pain: Consumers and health professionals talk about their experience with chronic non-cancer pain and opioids
Video 1: Living with chronic non-cancer pain
Video 2: Individual approaches to pain management
Video 3: Experience with opioids and chronic non-cancer pain
Video 4: Accessing healthcare and support resources
Video 5: Non-opioid options for chronic non-cancer pain
Video 6: Opioids and chronic non-cancer pain
Video 7: Working together to help manage chronic pain
Choosing Wisely recommendations on opioids
Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists
The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Faculty of Pain Medicine
24 Jan 2020
Avoid prescribing opioids (particularly long-acting opioids) as first-line or monotherapy for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP).
24 Jan 2020
Do not continue opioid prescription for chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) without ongoing demonstration of functional benefit, periodic attempts at dose reduction and screening for long-term harms.