Medicines Safety Checklist for Parents and Carers

When used according to the label instructions and stored safely, over-the-counter and complementary medicines can help us treat common ailments and live healthier lives.

We must use all medicines responsibly every time and take extra care around kids, because medicine misuse can be harmful.

10 tips for responsible medicines use...

  • Safely store all medicines up and away, out of kids’ sight and reach.
  • Keep all medicines in their original packaging with label information.
  • Read all label information and use only as directed.
  • When measuring liquid medicine, use only the accompanying dosing device or a metric measure from the pharmacy. Kitchen spoons are not accurate enough for medicines.
  • Don’t rely on your memory – keep a record of all your medicines and track usage to avoid exceeding the maximum daily dose.
  • Talk to your kids about medicines safety and never refer to medicines as lollies.
  • Avoid stockpiling medicines. This is generally not necessary and comes with extra costs and medicine safety risks.
  • Dispose of any expired or unwanted medicines safely at your local pharmacy.
  • Have questions or concerns about your medicines? Speak to your pharmacist or healthcare professional.
  • If you or your child have taken too much medicine, call the Poisons Information Centre on 131 126 - available 24/7 from anywhere in Australia. It is a good idea to have this number saved in your phone.