New resource for parents wins award

3 June 2014

Associate Professor Kirsten McCaffery, Rana Ahmed and Associate Professor Parisa Aslani
Associate Professor Kirsten McCaffery, Rana Ahmed and Associate Professor Parisa Aslani

A pharmacy project team including Associate Professor Parisa Aslani, Associate Professor Kirsten McCaffery, and PhD candidate Rana Ahmedhas won the National Medicinewise Award for Excellence in Consumer Initiatives (Population Level) at the biennial National Medicines Symposium held in Brisbane.

The resource is an important tool for parents of children with ADHD titled "Development of a question prompt list for parents and carers of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder".

The team developed a question prompt list (QPL) as a way of addressing the information needs of parents and carers of children with ADHD. QPL's are structured lists of disease and treatment-specific questions, intended to encourage patients to ask questions during consultations with their healthcare professionals.

The judging panel noted that the work was "excellent and has high potential for impact" while also addressing a significant issue in quality use of medicines, as well as being practical for rollout to the broader community.

To develop this resource, the team worked closely with parents of children with ADHD, ADHD consumer advocates, clinicians and researchers, nationally and internationally. The QPL is currently being evaluated by parents of children with ADHD in a process of user-testing to ensure its accuracy and usability.

"We are extremely pleased to receive this award and understand that it is a great privilege to have our work recognised by NPS MedicineWise. I feel the award is a testament to the efforts of our team and we hope that our work will translate into real-life improvements to the quality of life of families affected by ADHD," said Rana Ahmed.

NPS MedicineWise Executive Manager and Chair of the NMS 2014 Scientific Programming Committee, Ms Karen Kaye says the awards recognise outstanding Australian contributions to quality use of medicines and medical tests.

"The National Medicinewise Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions made by many different types of professionals who positively impact quality use of medicines and medical tests through a wide range of exciting and innovative initiatives," Ms Kaye said.

"We were impressed to see that a number of this year's winners took a collaborative approach to helping consumers and their carers as well as clinicians to be more medicinewise, including a resource developed with and for parents of children with ADHD."

"The programs awarded by the panel also demonstrated how good ideas can be translated into effective and implementable programs and resources."

Award trophy
Award trophy