Welcome to our comprehensive medication management page. This page is designed to be an informative educational tool and resource to our valued customers to better help them manage their medication and medical Conditions. We have included many innovative, engaging and interactive tools to Help guide and motivate you to better manage your medication. Be sure to read and take note of all the helpful hints and tips through out the page and remember always ask your pharmacist questions.

Why be medicine wise?

Being medicinewise will help you make better health decisions for you and those you care for. We all take medicines, but too often we take them for granted. Being medicinewise will help you to get the most benefit from your medicines. By being medicine wise you'll know what you're taking and why and how it could affect you – and whether a medicine is the best option in the first place. Being medicine wise means knowing the right questions to ask about your medicines, and that if you are unsure about something you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Three steps to being Medicine Wise

  1. Know it's a medicine: Medicines don't just come on prescription – they include over-the-counter medicines from the pharmacy, supermarket or other stores, as well as herbal remedies, vitamins and other supplements. Medicines come in many forms including tablets, lotions, drops and inhalers.
  2. Find the active ingredient: Knowing the active ingredient in your medicine will help you to avoid confusion, such as accidentally double dosing if you use different brands with the same active ingredient.
  3. Ask the right questions: By asking questions to get the information you need about medicines from trusted sources, you can get the most benefit from your medicines and make better informed decisions about them.

Did you know that your pharmacist can help you with:

Managing your medicines. Ask your pharmacist for help managing your medicines, with services including Home Medicines Reviews, Dose Administration Aids, Patient Medication Profiles and Consumer Medicine Information leaflets.

Chronic disease management. Your pharmacist can help you manage chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and asthma. Your pharmacist is always available to discuss your chronic diseases.

Management of minor illnesses. Your pharmacist can provide advice and information on treating a huge range of minor illnesses and conditions, including incontinence, head lice, acne, eczema, hayfever, allergies, skin conditions, pain relief and gastrointestinal conditions. Your pharmacist also knows when to refer you to your GP for further assessment.

Health checks. Your pharmacist can measure your blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), weight, and waist circumference to see if you are at risk of developing a chronic disease, such as diabetes, and will refer you to your GP if further assessment is necessary.

Healthy lifestyle support. Your pharmacist can assist you to quit smoking, lose weight and help you live a healthier life with tips on low‐fat eating and exercise. Your pharmacy can also provide advice on pregnancy and baby care and supporting your diet with complementary therapies.

If you need help with your health, don't forget to ask your pharmacist!

So, what should we do with our unwanted medicines?

Simply putting them down the toilet or sink or in the rubbish bin is not the answer. Medicines disposed of via the toilet or sink may go through the sewage treatment process unchanged, which can pollute our waterways. Medicines disposed of via the rubbish bin usually end up in landfills, which can pollute our soils and air.

The Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project is an Australia-wide scheme, funded by the Australian Government, that enables each of us to dispose of our unused medicines safely by taking them to a local pharmacy.

To dispose of your unwanted medicines, simply take them to any pharmacy (it doesn't have to be the one you got them from). There is no charge for the service.