The National Prescribing Service is an independent, not-for-profit, government funded, evidence based service which provides information about medicines and conditions for the general public and for health professionals.
For example, you can find information about everything from antibiotics to fish oil supplements.
It also contains information about medical tests (X-ray, pathology etc) and general health topics like blood pressure, pain and diabetes.
NPS has several publications, including Medicinewise Living which Panorama has consulted from time to time. There is currently an article there about how people with dementia have the right to make their own decisions about their care and treatment (as we all do!).
There are some great resources on the web site. For example, now that winter is upon us, there is an article about why antibiotics will not aid flu recovery. And there is also an article for professionals about how to deal with ‘prescription drug-seeking behaviour.’
Plus consumers of health services can talk to a professional from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm AEST. There is a triaged Medicines Line: 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424), plus a line where you can report problems with medicine 1300 134 237 with a link to the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
And yes, there is an app, but why don’t you go and see it all for yourself?