The sixth annual Be Medicinewise Week, a national awareness week promoting the safer and wiser use of medicines by all Australians will take place 22-28 August.

Older Australians are being encouraged to have a conversation with their health professionals about getting the most out of their prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines, and to seek out evidence-based information to help them make better decisions about their health.

NPS MedicineWise CEO Dr Lynn Weekes said that good management of medicines can make all the difference when it comes to ensuring good health.

“Being medicinewise means getting the most benefit from your medicines. This Be Medicinewise Week, we are encouraging people to take charge of their health when it comes to medicines. This means asking the right questions before they take a medicine, asking the right people for evidence-based advice and following the right advice on using medicines,” she said.

Community care organisations and health professionals can download a range of campaign materials including campaign posters and a toolkit to start a conversation with their clients about medicines behaviour.

Visit the Be Medicinewise Week website for more information.

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