On 5 December 2017 the My Medicines and Me (M3Q) Tool, the PhD project of UWA staff member Dr Deena Ashoorian, was officially launched by the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health the Hon. Mr Roger Cook MLA.
The Minister also presented a Lotterywest cheque to Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA) to help disseminate and implement the My Medicines and Me tool into the community.
“Now with the Lotterywest grant, consumer engagement will be possible too. Myself and Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Nathan Gibson, will be working closely with both clinicians and consumers in promoting the use of the M3Q side effect communication tool,” Dr Ashoorian said.
The M3Q was developed by Dr Deena Ashoorian in conjunction with previous Chief Psychiatrist Associate Professor Rowan Davidson, Professor Danny Rock and Professor Rhonda Clifford to identify the medication side effects that mental health consumers are experiencing and their perceptions of these effects.
The study involved a self-report questionnaire for consumers consisting of five sections utilising a combination of closed questions (checklist) and open questions.
“M3Q is a collaborative communication tool that consumers can use to understand, track, and communicate the side-effects of medications with their health care profession which enhances the shared decision making process.”
CoMHWA is WA’s peak body by and for people with lived experience of mental health issues.
Download a copy of the M3Q survey.
Dr Deena Ashoorian (Pharmacy) +61 6488 7516