Helping Veterans Get the Best from Their Medicines
When was the last time you had a good talk with your doctor or
pharmacist about the medicines you take? As we get older we tend to rely on more
medicines to help us manage our illnesses and maintain our health. Often we take
a range of medicines which, if not taken correctly, can result in additional
Veterans' MATES is a new program from the Department of Veterans' Affairs that
helps veterans and their carers avoid these problems and use their medicines
Most medicines are effective when used as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
You may also use medicines from supermarkets, health food stores or over the
counter medicines along with those prescribed by your doctor. But medicines
taken in the wrong way or at the wrong time can cause harm, even an emergency.
Up to one-third of hospital admissions of older people are due to problems with
medicines. People mix them up, use them incorrectly or simply forget to take
Thankfully, these problems are preventable and Veterans' MATES can help.
Veterans' MATES sends information about different health conditions and
medicines to veterans, doctors and pharmacists every few months. So far,
materials have covered Home Medicine Reviews, heart conditions, diabetes and
arthritis. DVA has joined with Australia's leading Quality Use of Medicines
organisations to deliver Veterans' MATES to an estimated 16 000 medical
practitioners, 5 500 pharmacies and their veteran patients.
You or your carer can begin to better manage your medicines by talking to your
doctor and pharmacist about Veterans' MATES. They can arrange a Home Medicines
Review of all your medicines.
Ben, a 78-year-old Korean War veteran, learnt a lot about his medicines after
having a Home Medicines Review, which was organised by his doctor. A pharmacist
visited Ben in his home, arranged to dispose of out-of-date medicines and helped
him organise his tablets. Afterwards, the pharmacist discussed Ben's medicines
with his doctor. Ben felt much more confident talking to his doctor and
pharmacist about his medicines after the Home Medicines Review.
To get help with your medicines:
• Talk to your doctor or pharmacist regularly about your medicines
• Ask your doctor about a free Home Medicines Review by a pharmacist in your own
• Call Veterans' MATES on 1300 556 906
• Get a copy of the Home Medicines Review brochure at
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