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Considering medicinal cannabis?

If you or the person you care for, considers medicinal cannabis to assist with relief of various symptoms then reading this will help with information on the risks and benefits, as well as which type of medicinal cannabis is most appropriate. READ ON!


Don’t keep unwanted/out of date medicines in your cupboards and drawers. Send them to RUM!

Unwanted or out of date medicines left in your cupboards and drawers at home are dangerous. They can be administered accidentally, picked up by children or confused with another medicine. Neither should you dispose of them in the rubbish or flush them down the toilet, as they will affect the environment.

It’s easy to dispose to dispose of them safely. Just take them to the nearest pharmacy. Every pharmacy has a RUM (Return of Unwanted Medicines) bin. Read about it here ! 

Medicine List Plus

Page last updated: 28/12/2017



Scan medicines, set reminders, create profiles, manage tests, manage conditions, find medicines, emergency contacts!!!!

Please be aware of unproven remedies using stem cells


Marketing of Unproven Stem Cell-Based Interventions: A Call to Action. This new publication provides important evidence on the risks of unproven stem cell thertherpaies

Here is a report handed down by NSW Coroner on the death of a patient with dementia following adipose-treatment at Macquarie Stem Cells:


This report calls for ‘legal protection against the exploitation of severely and chronically ill people by purveyors of scientifically dubious “therapies” and that it is ‘disturbing that he (and presumably others) would market this “experimental” or “innovative” therapy for profit to vulnerable and desperate people in the full knowledge both that there is little scientific support for the “therapy” in relation to dementia and that he is not conducting a clinical trial of any scientific standing or worth. The obvious potential for the providers of such purported remedies and therapies to exploit such consumers is great and therefore troubling. So too is the potential conflict of interest between the principle of harm minimisation and commercial medicine.’

Background Briefing on ABC Radio National featured a story on autologous stem cell treatment in Australia.


Ever wanted to know what’s in your medicine?

Here’s a handy tool from NPS Medicinewise to help you find out about medicines: the active ingredient, side effects, generic substitutes and how to use it effectively and safely. Clicke here and type in the name.

Consultancy Fees for the Chronic Illness Alliance

Workshops and Focus Groups

The Chronic Illness Alliance has considerable expertise in organising, facilitating and analysing workshops and focus groups with a range of health consumers and service providers.

Fees apply as follows:

  • Initial consultation with client agency to establish purpose of undertaking a consumer consultation; most appropriate method of consultation eg workshop, focus group, interviews, (group or individual).
  • Background reading (if necessary) and preparation of workshop materials.
  • Attendance at meetings to review materials, inform clients of progress, participate in related project activities.
  • Recruitment of participants.
  • Development of open-ended questions or workshop materials, including consent forms and ethics approval where necessary.
  • Workshop, focus group facilitation or undertake interview process. This includes tape-recording, and scribing the session.
  • Transcription of tapes Analysis of content and preparation or report.
  • Personal presentation of report, if desired.

Charges of $1400 per day or $220.00 per hour, all inclusive. Single tasks such as recruitment may be negotiated.

Additional charges include: (a) reimbursing the consumers between $40 and $50 per focus group, (b) costs of refreshments and venue hire (c) consumer travel costs (d) additional assistance (e) GST.

Literature Reviews and Discussion Papers.

Examples of recent work undertaken by Chronic Illness Alliance

  • May-July 2014 focus groups on consumers’ views of cardiovascular risk assessment in community pharmacies
  • October 2012 NPS MedicineInsight Focus Groups and Report

Research, reports, discussion papers

The Chronic Illness Alliance has undertaken research projects concerning issues in chronic illness, such as consumers’ needs, policy implications of chronic illness and the role of self-management programs in caring for people with chronic illnesses.

Fees apply as follows:

  • Initial consultation with agency to establish the extent, aims and objectives, and the outline of work proposed.
  • Collection of literature Drafting of review, discussion paper.
  • Presentation of drafts for comment. Inclusion of material based on comments.
  • Preparation of final draft.

Charges of $1400.00 per day or $220.00 per hour, ex GST. Variations according to need may be negotiated.

Additional charges may include cost of research assistant, travel costs.