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CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)63
First Published
Updated03 July 2019
Expires 04 July 2020

Course Overview

Do you regularly prescribe or administer medicines? If so, you must continually be on high alert for potential or actual medicine interactions. Start this Course now to review why drug interactions occur, especially those involving high-risk medicines and how we can prevent them.

  • What is a drug interaction?
  • What are the consequences of harmful drug interactions?
  • Which medicines should you always be on high-alert for?
  • Practical strategies on how to monitor for and prevent interactions and unwanted effects, and much, much more...

Harm to patients from medicines remains an ever-present risk. Approximately 250,000 Australians are admitted to hospital each year as a result of medicine-related problems.

Untoward effects relating to medications are a sentinel event. As health professionals are at the forefront of prescribing and administration they need to be eternally vigilant in their practice to stop unnecessary and preventable medicine interactions. Ongoing education about high-risk medicines and common pitfalls is essential for all health professionals.


The purpose of this course is to draw the attention of registered nurses and other health professionals to regular medicines that are high-risk for interactions and prevent harm to patients.

Learning Outcomes
  • Use in-depth knowledge of the difference between pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic drug interactions to support best-practice and reduce the likelihood of unwanted effects from medicines.
  • A person in your care, who manifests signs and symptoms of an adverse drug reaction due to a drug interaction will be rapidly identified, assessed and appropriate treatment initiated.
  • People in your care will receive correct evidence-based education about the purpose of their pharmacological treatment and risks associated with certain medicines.
Target Audience

Registered nurses and other health professionals will gain confidence from undertaking this Course, given the potential for harm associated with medicines.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Louis Roller

Louis has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years, has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the editorial Board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and writes articles on Disease state Management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities (as well as the above) include singing in a choir, visiting schools re bullying (Courage to Care) giving talks to U3A groups and appropriate accommodation groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics. See Educator Profile

CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)63
First Published
Updated03 July 2019
Expires 04 July 2020
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63 Total Rating(s)
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Rebecca Moore
17 Nov 2019

A large amount of information but very relevant to medication administration.

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Junneil Macadaeg
14 Nov 2019

Very good learning resource. The educator made a complex topic easy to understand through his practical examples and clear illustrations. Highly recommend!

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Dean Hutchesson
11 Nov 2019

Informative and helpful resource

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Rebecca Rigby
10 Nov 2019

Enjoyed this, educator had an excellent understanding of what he was taking about. Some of the explanations and information given may have been beyond what I, as a EN, need to know but I appreciated that the additional information and resources were added in case I want to further educate myself. This course was easy to follow, I enjoyed the diagrams, I enjoyed the examples of drugs and what they interact with and then the outcome of that interaction as then I have that knowledge for my own practice. I enjoyed the brief refresher on pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. This course met all of my needs and I think it's pretty much perfect!

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William Gersekowski
08 Nov 2019

Good resource

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Ann Angeles
07 Nov 2019

Very imfoemative

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David Newman
05 Nov 2019

Excellent teaching easy to understand and learn

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Samuel McMahon
28 Oct 2019

This course was insightful and helpful

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Shienna Joy Factor
25 Oct 2019

Very comprehensive

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Matthew Neville
23 Oct 2019

Great review for current knowledge