Self Care Research
Frost and Sullivan Report: Targeted Use of Complementary
Medicines: Potential Health Outcomes and Cost Savings in Australia
- October 2014
ASMI commissioned Frost and Sullivan, a US research company, to
conduct a study which is assessing the economic impact of
complementary medicine usage in Australia. Targeted use of
complementary medicines. It assesses the potential for
complementary medicines to play a bigger role in healthcare by
quantifying the potential savings to government healthcare costs by
the targeted use of complementary medicines.
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Click here for the Frost and Sullivan Info
The Value of OTC Medicines in Australia - March 2014
ASMI commissioned The Centre for the Health Economy at Macquarie
University to conduct a study that put a value on self medication
and self care. The study, The Value of OTC Medicines in Australia,
was launched at a Reception in Parliament House, Canberra in March
2014. It found that nonprescription medicines currently save the
Australian health economy $10.4 billion through avoided GP visits
and productivity gains from reduced work absence and time savings
in not having to visit the GP. This equates to a saving of four
dollars for every one dollar spent on non-prescription
It demonstrates that consumers are already comfortable using
non-prescription medicines and that non-prescription medicines have
an important role to play to help make the healthcare system more
The study also looked at the potential future benefits that
could be derived from increasing consumer access to medicines
through downscheduling from prescription to non-prescription
medicines. The study showed that if a group of 11 prescription
medicines was down-scheduled to Pharmacist Only, the health economy
an additional $2.1 billion.
The 11 prescription medicines selected for the study all have a
long history of use. Many are already available without a
prescription in comparable overseas markets such as the US, UK,
Canada and New Zealand.
The significance of the Macquarie University study is that it
provides concrete evidence of how increased consumer access to
medicines could contribute towards a more sustainable healthcare
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Minor Ailments Report - September 2009
In August 2009, ASMI commissioned health economist, David L
Gadiel of Health Care Intelligence Pty Ltd to further examine the
potential economic impact of minor ailments being treated by
His study showed that the resources devoted to coughs, colds and
other minor ailments could free-up the equivalent of 1,000 full
time GPs to treat more serious health problems.
It also identifies some $260 million in 'waste and resource
misallocation' as a result of Medicare benefits associated with GP
treatment of minor ailments. (NOTE: figures quoted in the report
related to 2007/8 data only)
Click here to see the full Report
here to see the ASMI media release about the Report, dated
Minor ailments workload in General Practice- 2008
In 2008, ASMI's UK equivalent PAGB (The Proprietary Assocation
of Great Britain) & IMS Health released the results of the
first study to provide qualification of minor ailment workload in
General Practice. For information on this study, see: http://www.pagb.co.uk/selfcare/home.html
Later that year, ASMI commissioned IMS Health Australia to
conduct similar research here. The results of this study were
released at the ASMI Annual Conference on 19 November 2008.
Click here for a copy of the Conference
presentation of these results.
Click here for a copy of the ASMI Media
Release about this study.
The Effects of Calcium Supplements on Osteoporosis- 2007
ASMI, through a co-funding arrangement in partnership with the
Department of Health and Ageing, commissioned a systematic review
and meta-analysis of existing research on the effect of calcium
supplements on osteoporosis.
The study was published in the New England Journal of
Medicine in 2007 and attracted widespread international media
The results of this study confirmed that calcium supplementation
was effective in the preventive treatment of osteoporotic fractures
and bone loss in older people.
The outcomes of that study provide strong economic evidence to
support a national Self Care strategy in conjunction with health
professionals to create higher community awareness of the need to
increase access to Self Care medications such as calcium and
vitamin D in population subgroups (such as the elderly in
institutional care) where sun exposure is not always possible.