Guided by its Pharmacotherapy Advisory Group, in 2014 the Commission commenced a community consultation into the use of medication in mental illness, in order to hear people’s experiences and better understand the issues they face. The Commission received more than 200 submissions and also conducted targeted consultations with key stakeholders. The findings were captured in a paper released in December 2015 that aims to influence consumers, carers and clinicians to adopt safe, recovery-oriented use of medication. To complement the paper the Commission produced a series of videos about medication that can be used in education and advocacy settings, and a postcard-size discussion guide that consumers and carers can use when talking to their healthcare professionals. The postcards were disseminated in early 2017 to 2000 pharmacies and neighbourhood centres across NSW.
Living Well Action 6.2.2 and 6.2.8