Course Overview

Brief

Any health professional that administers or is able to prescribe medicines need access to formal education that explains how to incorporate evidence-based knowledge of medication safety into their everyday practice. This Course provides essential education on how to find and utilise the most up-to-date and credible information on medicines.

Learning Outcomes

  • Make decisions relating to medicines that will reflect Australia’s National Strategy for the Quality Use of Medicines
  • Select credible sources of information about medicines that will support the safety and needs of your patients
  • Use practical strategies to educate patients which support retention of information and medication compliance

Topics include:

  • Where to go to find credible information relating to medicines
  • Resources and tips on how to ensure the most appropriate medications are administered
  • How to confidently check if a patient has been prescribed the correct dose of a medicine
  • What sources are most appropriate to identify potential drug interactions and much, much more...

Target audience

Health professionals who routinely administer medicines.

Purpose

The purpose of this Course is to develop an understanding of the modes of action, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of cannabis and how the drug works from a pharmacological perspective and investigate the evidence for and against its proclaimed efficacy in a variety of conditions.

Need

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has identified improving the safety and quality of medication in Australia as one of its key priorities. Constant changes are made to medication standards, recommendations, guidelines, and to the availability of new products and advancement in research and product development. It is essential that all health professionals keep up-to-date with these changes and understand how medicines are regulated and how the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) can be used to improve patient outcomes. It is equally important that all health professionals can identify high-quality sources of drug information to ensure that the most appropriate medications are administered.

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