Choosing Wisely Australia resources for clinicians

Antibiotic Awareness Week

 

Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual, global event to raise awareness about the serious health issue of antibiotic resistance. This year, Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held from 14 - 20 November 2016. Get links to CPD activities, guidelines and publications on our antibiotics resources page for clinicians.

 

List of resources for clinicians


Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) provide guidelines for pathology testing in the emergency department.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance (NVDPA) provides guidelines and a calculator for management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk.

Diagnostic imaging pathways are available for respiratory disorders, including bronchiectasis, pulmonary embolism, chest trauma, dyspnoea, lung cancer and haemoptysis.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid. Access the clinical e-audit on the NPS MedicineWise website.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are indicated for heartburn, reflux, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and peptic ulcers. Learn more about prescribing PPIs.

Clinical e-audit for GPs - Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged ≥ 75 years old using 5 or more medicines and prescribed an antipsychotic, benzodiazepine or an opioid. Access the clinical e-audit on the NPS MedicineWise website.

ASCIA has produced an extensive range of resources to assist in the management of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

ASCIA provides information for health professionals, including clinical updates, action/treatment plans, checklists, position papers and guidelines.

ASCIA provides advice on breastfeeding and introduction of solid foods to infants in order to prevent or minimise development of allergies.

ASCIA has published a position statement on unorthodox techniques for diagnosis and treatment of allergy, asthma and immune disorders.

Fatigue is often associated with lifestyle, psychosocial and physical causes, or a combination of these. Learn more about diagnosis of fatigue.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

The Emergency Care Institute (ECI) offers resources for health professionals managing patients who are reaching the end of life in the emergency department.

Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) provide guidelines for pathology testing in the emergency department.

The NHMRC provides an evidence summary on prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men.

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) announced a new position statement on the use and interpretation of vitamin D testing. 

The management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) is changing, although it can still include antibiotics. Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

Benzodiazepines are widely used and one of the most commonly misused classes of prescription drugs in Australia. Dependence on benzodiazepines is more likely to occur with prolonged use and is becoming of increasing concern. Read about benzodiazepine dependence risk on the NPS MedicineWise website.

The increasing morbidity and disability that accompanies ageing encourages a greater dependence on medicines to cure, slow the progression of, or reduce symptoms of disease. Read about medicines for an ageing population on the NPS MedicineWise website.

A prescribing cascade occurs when a new medicine is prescribed to 'treat' an adverse reaction to another drug in the mistaken belief that a new medical condition requiring treatment has developed. Read about the prescribing cascade on the Australian Prescriber website.

Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) provides guidelines for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging Android App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

The RANZCR Appropriate Use of Medical Imaging iTunes App features clinical decision rules to help doctors determine if imaging is required for patients.

The RANZCR Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations and clinical decision rules booklet elaborates on each RANZCR recommendation.

Last reviewed 01 March 2016

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