Updated 5 pm 27/3/2020
As all of us come to terms with the professional and personal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, NPS MedicineWise is encouraging Australians to be medicinewise during this time.
A new COVID-19 hub on the NPS MedicineWise website is updated regularly with information about medicines, including how to manage regular medicines during the COVID-19 outbreak, pharmacy and prescribing restrictions, hand hygiene and more. Additional content will be added on an ongoing basis for both health professionals and consumers. We encourage you to link to this from your own websites and/or include it in any communications to your members and networks. We also invite you to get in touch if you have relevant resources you would like us to link to. Please visit www.nps.org.au/coronavirus
Keeping an up-to-date medicines list
NPS MedicineWise is encouraging everyone who takes one or more regular medicines to make sure they have an up-to-date list of all the medicines they take. This is particularly important at this time when people may be seeing different health care professionals or going into hospital. NPS MedicineWise medicines list can be printed from our website or hardcopies ordered in minimum packs of 25. People can also download the free MedicineWise app to manage their medicines and the medicines for people they care for. This app is free and can store a list of medicines and general health information, schedule reminders and provide information on specific medicines. Download from Google Play or the App Store.
National Medicines Symposium (NMS 2020) and Choosing Wisely National Meeting update
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and with the safety and wellbeing of our meeting attendees, presenters, staff and suppliers as our highest priority, we have decided to reschedule NMS 2020, originally scheduled to be held in May. The postponed event will take place in Sydney later in the year and we will confirm the new event details within the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this year’s Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting.
This was a difficult decision as the National Meeting is an important component of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative, however in the circumstances we have made the decision that we are best placed to meet again in 2021.
To keep up to date with details about the rescheduled NMS 2020 event, go to www.nps.org.au/nms2020
To find out more about the cancelled Choosing Wisely Australia National Meeting, go to www.choosingwisely.org.au/nationalmeeting
Update on NPS MedicineWise educational visits
We recognise that the escalating situation around the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly challenging for primary care.
After careful consideration NPS MedicineWise will be temporarily suspending all face-to-face educational visits with general practitioners and pharmacists. We have taken this decision to decrease the risk of COVID-19 across the wider health workforce and community.
We are still delivering the free NPS MedicineWise Educational Visiting Service virtually so health professionals can continue educational activities without a face-to-face appointment. Our latest topic is Paediatric asthma: breathing new life into diagnosis and¿management and we are also offering visits on Opioids, chronic pain and the bigger picture.
Virtual visits are approved activities under the RACGP and ACRRM CPD programs. We can carry out a virtual visit via a range of different video conferencing platforms, eg Skype, FaceTime, ZOOM as well as other platforms.
To schedule a virtual visit, health professionals can go to www.nps.org.au/cpd/request-a-visit, call us on (02) 8217 8700 or talk to their local Educational Visitor.
Can we help? Let’s work together
We are keen to understand ways we can work more closely and support you in the current environment. If you would like to have a discussion about this I invite you or a member of your team to get in touch with External Relations & Partnerships Manager Bronwyn Walker by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to express our support and thanks to all of those from our sector who are responding to COVID-19 and committed to providing health care to people across Australia. If you are able to share any of the above with your networks and members it would be appreciated.¿
Chief Executive Officer