South West Women’s Health Service have used their successful Stay On Your Feet® grant to run Check Your Medicine workshops for older adults in Northcliffe, Manjimup, Capel, Donnybrook, Busselton, Brunswick and Boyup Brook.
Pharmacist and Home Medicine Review consultant Nicole Frayne noticed how empowered her audience felt about learning how they could self-manage their use of medications. Due to the quick acceptance that medicines can cause side effects, most of the discussion focused on good medicine management and alternate treatments.
Nicole suggested the eager discussion and success of her workshop was due to the relevance of the topic to the audience. Many participants were aged between 65 – 75 years. All were taking medicines and some had experienced a fall. Personal experience is a great motivator!
Whilst South West Women’s Health Service are long term promoters of falls prevention, Nicole admitted her surprise that many adults had not heard that falls are preventable or of the Stay On Your Feet® message. “We have to keep delivering the prevent slips, trips and falls message!”
Nicole encourages more community centres to get involved with the Check Your Medicine initiative. She recommends the Check Your Medicine brochure and paper bag as well as the NPS medicine review as particularly useful tools! Check Your Medicine brochure and paper bag orders and delivery are free by visiting the Online Ordering System.