Media Centre

ScriptWise is committed to amplifying the voices of those personally affected by prescription medication misuse and overdose fatalities.

 

Find out more about our work in the media and contact us for media opportunities

Media Opportunities

ScriptWise works in partnership with people from all walks of life to raise awareness about and reduce the stigma around prescription medication dependence and overdose fatalities.

 

Our media partners include:

+ Many individuals and families who have been affected by prescription medication misuse and overdose fatalities across Australia

+ Health professionals such as GPs and pharmacists

+ Prescription medication and addiction specialists, experts and researchers

 

Please contact our Media and Communications Officer for further information, comment or interview requests:

 

Lara Beissbarth

E: lara@scriptwise.org.au

P: 03 9909 2807

 

Available for interview

 

Please get in contact for comments or interviews with our partners as listed above and/or with ScriptWise representatives including:

 

+ ScriptWise CEO Bee Mohamed

+ ScriptWise Patron Kim Ledger

+ ScriptWise Ambassadors

Media Releases

  • MEDIA RELEASE   10 APRIL 2018   Can new technology help tackle Australia’s opioid crisis? MinterEllison and Scriptwise host industry experts   Electronic records and real-time prescription monitoring hold the potential to enable new ways to prevent  harms associated with prescription medication use. Industry experts......

  • MEDIA RELEASE   21 MARCH 2018   WA mother joins call for national real-time monitoring: “It would have helped save my son”   Christine Campbell is calling on the WA government to introduce real-time monitoring after her 28-year-old son died due to an accidental fentanyl overdose.......

  • Media Release   20 February 2018   Tasmania to become first state to monitor codeine in real time   Tasmania will be Australia’s first state to include Schedule 4 opioid analgesics such as codeine-containing medicines in its real-time monitoring system, DORA.   Codeine-containing medications were......

  • Media Release   25 January 2018   “Codeine nearly cost me my life”: how rescheduling will offer hope   Paul Denys became dependent on codeine following a shoulder injury at 21 years old. He hopes that when codeine becomes prescription-only on February 1st it will......

  • Media Release   24 January 2018   ‘I’m worried about my son’: how you can help with codeine rescheduling   ScriptWise and the Medication Support and Recovery Service are joining forces to encourage Victorians to reach out to family and friends who are concerned about......

  • Media Release   24 January 2018   Codeine rescheduling means pharmacists must play a preventative role   ScriptWise has launched new videos on social media to bolster the pharmacists’ toolkit of techniques for discussing pain management as the February 1st codeine rescheduling deadline looms.   Codeine will become prescription-only following the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s decision that the risks......

  • Media Release   19 January 2018   Service Clubs Unite to Collaborate Around Health Epidemic   United Way Glenelg and Scriptwise will bring together Service Clubs across the Glenelg Shire with the aim of kick-starting a conversation around the prescription medication misuse health epidemic.  ......

  • Media Release   26 September 2017   Opioids for chronic pain? #NotWise   Painaustralia and ScriptWise are joining forces to support new recommendations aimed at reducing prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.   Launched today by NPS Medicinewise Choosing Wisely, the recommendations urge doctors to......

  • Media Release   31 August 2017   New research finds hidden killer behind prescription opioid epidemic: stigma   ScriptWise is calling on all Australians to talk about the alarming rise in harms associated with opioid pain relievers with the launch of its Faces of Recovery......

Sunday Night: 'Hooked' - Channel 7

Sunday Night: 'Hooked' - Channel 7

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``It's so addictive``: NRL legend Matt Cooper's near-death experience with painkiller addiction - Channel 7 Sunday Night

``It's so addictive``: NRL legend Matt Cooper's near-death experience with painkiller addiction - Channel 7 Sunday Night

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E-health and Minimising Script Harms by Megan Haggan - AJP

E-health and Minimising Script Harms by Megan Haggan - AJP

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Heath Ledger's dad is continuing his legacy - The Morning Show Channel 7

Heath Ledger's dad is continuing his legacy - The Morning Show Channel 7

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Codeine rescheduling: finding peer support for GPs by Paul Grinzi - MJA InSight

Codeine rescheduling: finding peer support for GPs by Paul Grinzi - MJA InSight

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Prescription drug-induced deaths kill more than illicit drugs as face of Australian addiction is transformed by Victoria Craw - News.com.au

Prescription drug-induced deaths kill more than illicit drugs as face of Australian addiction is transformed by Victoria Craw - News.com.au

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'Codeine nearly cost me my life': Perth man's fresh hope following addiction - WAtoday.com.au

'Codeine nearly cost me my life': Perth man's fresh hope following addiction - WAtoday.com.au

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Special forum to help deal with medicine misuse - Portland Observer

Special forum to help deal with medicine misuse - Portland Observer

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Prescription monitoring on its way to Victoria by Angela McFetters - Portland Observer

Prescription monitoring on its way to Victoria by Angela McFetters - Portland Observer

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SHPA recommits support for upschedule by Sheshtyn Paola - AJP

SHPA recommits support for upschedule by Sheshtyn Paola - AJP

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Codeine ban: Chief medical officer defends 'significantly beneficial' move by Rashida Yosufzai - SBS News

Codeine ban: Chief medical officer defends 'significantly beneficial' move by Rashida Yosufzai - SBS News

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New social media videos on codeine by AJP Staff - AJP

New social media videos on codeine by AJP Staff - AJP

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Codeine up-scheduling may offer chances for patient education and holistic care by Amanda Lyons - NewsGP

Codeine up-scheduling may offer chances for patient education and holistic care by Amanda Lyons - NewsGP

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Sister’s grief after brother’s death by fatal dose of prescription painkillers by Peter Theodosiou - SBS News

Sister’s grief after brother’s death by fatal dose of prescription painkillers by Peter Theodosiou - SBS News

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Why making oxycodone tamper-proof has barely scratched the surface of Australia's addiction to opioids by Kate Aubusson - Sydney Morning Herald

Why making oxycodone tamper-proof has barely scratched the surface of Australia's addiction to opioids by Kate Aubusson - Sydney Morning Herald

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Heath Ledger's father calls for more awareness in wake of rising drug-induced deaths by Meredith Griffiths and Leonie Thorne - ABC News

Heath Ledger's father calls for more awareness in wake of rising drug-induced deaths by Meredith Griffiths and Leonie Thorne - ABC News

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Surge in drug-linked deaths, suicides decrease in 2016 with Linda Mottram - ABC PM

Surge in drug-linked deaths, suicides decrease in 2016 with Linda Mottram - ABC PM

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One of the many faces of codeine addiction by Amanda Lyons - NewsGP

One of the many faces of codeine addiction by Amanda Lyons - NewsGP

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Overdose deaths soar as prescription opioid use quadruples in a decade - ABC 7:30

Overdose deaths soar as prescription opioid use quadruples in a decade - ABC 7:30

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Australia’s addiction to prescription meds is nearing crisis point by Simon Cunich - The Feed SBS

Australia’s addiction to prescription meds is nearing crisis point by Simon Cunich - The Feed SBS

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Time to change attitudes by Rhiannon Tuffield - Shepparton News

Time to change attitudes by Rhiannon Tuffield - Shepparton News

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True Opioid Killer Revealed by Megan Haggan - AJP

True Opioid Killer Revealed by Megan Haggan - AJP

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Settlement Guide: Why you should take precautions with prescription medication by Audrey Bourget - SBS

Settlement Guide: Why you should take precautions with prescription medication by Audrey Bourget - SBS

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Settlement Guide: The dangers of prescription medication by Audrey Bourget - SBS

Settlement Guide: The dangers of prescription medication by Audrey Bourget - SBS

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Prescription medication: The secret addiction costing lives by Sarah Marinos - Herald Sun

Prescription medication: The secret addiction costing lives by Sarah Marinos - Herald Sun

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St Vincent's Hospital intervenes to cut opioid prescriptions given to patients on discharge by Esther Han - SMH

St Vincent's Hospital intervenes to cut opioid prescriptions given to patients on discharge by Esther Han - SMH

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Prescription opioids are killing more Australians than heroin: Australian Bureau of Statistics by Esther Han - SMH

Prescription opioids are killing more Australians than heroin: Australian Bureau of Statistics by Esther Han - SMH

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Pharmacy codeine toolkit - Pharmacy Daily

Pharmacy codeine toolkit - Pharmacy Daily

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New tools for codeine preparation by Megan Haggan - AJP

New tools for codeine preparation by Megan Haggan - AJP

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Heath Ledger's father on the scourge of prescription opioid addiction - ABC Lateline

Heath Ledger's father on the scourge of prescription opioid addiction - ABC Lateline

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Confessions of a former doctor shopper and the pain of prescription opioid addiction by Tierney Bonini and Lin Evlin - ABC

Confessions of a former doctor shopper and the pain of prescription opioid addiction by Tierney Bonini and Lin Evlin - ABC

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Lateline Interview with Kim Ledger - ABC Lateline

Lateline Interview with Kim Ledger - ABC Lateline

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ABC Lateline: Victoria introduces prescription drug monitoring as rates of painkiller addiction rise by Tierney Bonini - ABC Lateline

ABC Lateline: Victoria introduces prescription drug monitoring as rates of painkiller addiction rise by Tierney Bonini - ABC Lateline

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