Forget Dr. Google, a free face-to-face medication education workshop will be held in Harden on Thursday, June 2 at the Fire Control Center.
The workshop is designed to help people learn more about the medications they are taking or have been prescribed and where to find reliable information.
One of three independent pharmacists presenting the workshop, Sue Brown, said the workshop is for people (and their carers) who take multiple medications and the goal is to help them get the most of these drugs.
“We are not associated with any pharmaceutical companies, community pharmacies, or endorse commercial products,” Ms. Brown said. “We want people who want to come and register as soon as possible because the number will be limited.”
“We really want to give people the opportunity to come together to discuss their medications, especially people who are on multiple medications or who are caregivers,” Ms Brown said.
“We want to help people understand and manage their own health through better communication with their healthcare professionals. This is a very interactive workshop with plenty of time to ask questions.
In the past, everyone went to their family doctor – the doctor their family, or even their community, had seen for each ailment; each appointment.
This is not always the case today, so it is increasingly common for people to see more than one doctor, which, while allowing them to see a doctor when they need it, can be be problematic when a person has to take several medications.
“When people visit the doctor, they often walk out with a prescription, but that doctor may not know what other drugs they can take,” Ms Brown said. “It’s about understanding the importance of asking questions about medications.
Ms Brown also said it was important to keep a list of the medications you are taking, as some medications can affect the effectiveness of others, and to discuss this list with the doctor when you visit.
The workshop will provide advice and guidance on:
- Ask questions about treatments, tests and procedures;
- Understand what you need to know about your medications;
- know when and how to take medication;
- Prevent medication errors;
- Know where to access the right drug information;
- Understand side effects and drug interactions and how to manage them;
- Improved health and digital literacy;
- Minimize the risk of adverse events and side effects that may lead to unforeseen hospitalizations or harm.
At the end of the workshop, you will know what questions to ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse and will have tips and tools to help you remember your medications. It will also allow you to make better decisions about your health.
Numbers are limited to 30 people plus carers to allow for maximum interaction, so reserve your place by calling 0409 328 421 or emailing [email protected]
The workshop will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., participants are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m.
A second workshop will be held in the evening at the Harden Rotary Club members’ meeting.