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Media Release

Senator Grant Tambling

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Aged Care


Tuesday 17/11/98


The success of last week’s National Medicines Week indicated that Australians w ere committed to using their medicines wisely, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Senator the Hon. Grant Tambling, said today.

Senator Tambling said the Commonwealth-funded event had received a tremendous response from members of the public, with approximately 4000 calls made to the free medicines information phone-in that operated throughout the week.

“National Medicines Week is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to review their medicines to ensure they are taking them safely and getting the best out of them,” Senator Tambling said.

“The best way to do this is for people to talk to a health professional. The phone-in only ran for a week, but people have access to expert advice on medicines from their own doctor or pharmacist all year round.”

Senator Tambling said together with the phone-in, over 300 community groups and individuals throughout Australia had received funding as part of National Medicines Week for wise use of medicines education and information activities.

“These local events were also very successful with displays, community health seminars and performance art among the many activities held throughout the week,” Senator Tambling said.

National Medicines Week, which began on 8 November and ended on Saturday, is an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

The event was coordinated by the Pharmaceutical Health And Rational use of Medicines (PHARM) committee, which advises the Government on issues relating to the quality use of medicines. It was planned and implemented in partnership with peak doctor, pharmacist, nursing, consumer and pharmaceutical industry bodies.

For further information:  

Peter McMahon (Senator Tambling’s office) (02) 6277 3436 or 0419 691 443 

Vanessa Monaghan (Department of Health and Aged Care) (02) 6289 5360