Click on the links below for more information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, treatment options and resources. You can also call us on 1800 931 101 or 9810 3080 for more information and advice.
You can find a downloadable copy of our brochure here.
The MSRS has Nurse Practitioners on staff. They are registered nurses who provide high levels of clinically focused nursing care, and can prescribe pharmacotherapy. Find out more here.
The Victorian Alliance PHN has developed a hub for SafeScript. It includes information, training and referral pathways. It can be found here.
DHHS and NPS MedicineWise have released a new Safescript podcast, to keep clinicians informed of any updates to the initiative. You can listen to it here.
DACAS (DRUG & ALCOHOL CLINICAL ADVISORY SERVICE)
Health professionals in Victoria can phone DACAS for 24 hour clinical support, advice and secondary consultation from specialist addiction medicine consultants.
Phone 1800 812 804 to speak to an addiction medicine consultant, or visit the DACAS website here for more information.
PHARMACIST TOOLKIT: CODEINE
ScriptWise have produced an online toolkit for pharmacists and other health professionals with information and resources to help start conversations with patients about codeine misuse and dependence.
Click here to access the toolkit from the ScriptWise website.
INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICATIONS
For more information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, click on the links below to read a factsheet by the Australian Drug Foundation:
OVERDOSE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
Click here to visit the COPE (Community Overdose Prevention and Education) website at the Penington Institute to find out about ‘Overdose First Aid’.
You can also click on the links below for more information about preventing overdose:
- Opioid Overdose Factsheet
- Depressant Overdose Factsheet
- Safe Opioid Use for Pain Patients
- Naloxone Information for Workers
MEDICATION USE & CHRONIC PAIN
Find out more about the risks of taking medication and why opioid medication may not be the best treatment for persistent pain by clicking on the links and videos below.
- What is Pharmaceutical Misuse? (Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
- Feeling Better Without Medication (Alcohol and Drug Foundation)
- Risks of High Dose Opioid Medicines (NPS MedicineWise)
USEFUL WEBSITES & VIDEOS
ScriptWise: ScriptWise are a not-for-profit Australian organisation who are dedicated to reducing overdose and other harms from prescription and over-the-counter medications.
International Overdose Awareness Day: International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31st each year to remember those who have died of a drug overdose and to prevent overdose from happening in other families.
COPE (Community Overdose Prevention and Education): The Penington Institute website has information about ‘Overdose First Aid’.
Turn to Help: Information about codeine and painkiller dependence (addiction) and different types of treatment options.
The First Stop: Information about family support services and treatment options for problems with alcohol, medication and other drugs. The First Stop website includes support and coping tips for friends and family members.
Reconnexion: Reconnexion is a not-for-profit organisation who provide information, support and treatment for people experiencing panic, anxiety, depression and tranquiliser (benzodiazepine) dependency.
Tame the Beast [Video] A video about Chronic Pain.
Codeine Rescheduling: Information about the rescheduling of Codeine for 1st February 2018.
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