Why every Australian should record the medicines they are taking: Be Medicinewise Week 2019 media briefing


MONDAY 19 AUG 2019

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM AEST



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Getting to know your medicines is key to getting the most out of them, safely. Many Australians are medicinewise, but there are still key things that people don't know and don't do, which have implications for safe and effective medicines use.

This Be Medicinewise Week (19-25 August) join NPS MedicineWise medical adviser and general practitioner Dr Jill Thistlethwaite and two community pharmacists to hear about what Australians still don't know about their medicines - and how this could be putting them at risk.

Journalists and writers joining this briefing will be the first to hear the findings from a new YouGov Galaxy survey about Australians’ medicinewise behaviour.

Veronica Nou, a community pharmacist working in western Sydney, will share insights and stories about helping people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds get the most out of their medicines.

Hannah Mann, founder of Kimberley Pharmacy Services, will share her experience promoting safe and effective use of medicines in Aboriginal communities across the Kimberley.

This online media briefing will be facilitated by NPS MedicineWise communications manager Stephanie Childs. A media release including the new survey findings will be available on the day for registered webinar participants.

We look forward to having you join us. If you have any questions, please email media@nps.org.au.

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Dr Jill Thistlethwaite

NPS MedicineWise medical adviser, Jill is a general practitioner with over 25 years’ experience as a health professional education consultant. She has previously worked in academia and is regularly invited to speak and facilitate at global health professional events, with her PhD in medical education. Her interests include shared decision making in health care, team-based practice and women’s health. She has written and edited several books, and co-edits a journal for clinical teachers.

Veronica Nou

Proprietor of Morris Care Pharmacy and Colyton Centre Pharmacy community pharmacies in western Sydney serving culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Veronica is a pharmacist with extensive experience in the community and travelling pharmacy setting, she combines her passion for pharmacy with her advocacy in working with people of CALD heritage, especially those seeking asylum.

Hannah Mann

Founder of Kimberley Pharmacy Services with three sites in the Kimberley, serving patients in 28 Aboriginal communities in the region. Hannah’s focus is providing culturally appropriate medication education and to promote quality use of medicines by supporting a medication education model of informed and empowered patients. In 2019 she was awarded “First Amongst Equals” in the 40 under 40 WA Business awards.