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Informing TGA education and communication activities

11 February 2014

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Research results: Common misconceptions about the TGA's role

To provide further information on where there are misconceptions about our role, participants were asked whether or not they thought we undertook activities that are not part of our remit.

Consumers

Many consumer participants incorrectly thought the TGA undertakes the activities outlined in Figure 3 below.

Figure 3: Common consumer misconceptions of TGA activities*

Figure 3: Common consumer misconceptions of TGA activities

Health professionals

Health professionals were also asked whether they thought we undertake these activities that are not part of our role. The high levels of belief that we give clinical advice and regulate food or chemicals is cause for concern, and we have developed targeted educational materials that clarify our role and correct these misconceptions.

Figure 4: Common misconceptions about the TGA's role among health professionals**

Figure 4: Common misconceptions about the TGA’s role among health professionals


*Figure 3 data: Common consumer misconceptions of TGA activities

Misconception Not sure No Yes
Gives clinical advice on medicines, health products or treatments 33 20 47
Regulates food or chemicals 35 22 43
Is responsible for funding the development of therapeutic goods or reimbursing the cost of therapeutic goods 40 33 27

**Figure 4 data: Common misconceptions about the TGA's role among health professionals

Misconception No Not sure Yes
Regulates food or chemicals 20 32 48
Gives clinical advice on medicines, health products or treatments 27 21 52
Is responsible for funding the development of therapeutic goods or reimbursing the cost of therapeutic goods 47 34 19

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