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CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)218
First Published
Updated25 February 2019
Expires 22 March 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course reviews pharmacokinetic concepts related to how medicines act on the human body, as well as pharmacokinetic concepts that explore how the human body acts on medicines.

  • An overview of pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD)
  • Pharmacogenomics (personalised medicine) and genetic variability in response to medicines
  • Pharmacokinetic medicine-medicine interactions and more ...

Pharmacological therapy and medication administration is fundamental in professional nursing practice. It involves a strong patient and ethical focus, as well as ongoing education in order to have a positive impact on patient outcomes.

However, many of the principles underlying how medicines work are often difficult to comprehend. As safe administration of medicines is a priority, it is essential that nurses continue to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and methods of medicine absorption, distribution and elimination in their patient care.


The purpose of this Course is to review the basic concepts relating to how medicines work on the human body, and the importance of bioavailability, half-life, medicine-medicine interactions, and peak and trough levels in therapy.

Learning Outcomes
  • Use your understanding of the relationship between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to prevent adverse medication events that may impact on patient outcomes
  • Identify the processes through which the human body absorbs, distributes, metabolises and eliminates medicines in order to educate patients on effective medication management
  • Link the concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics with best clinical practice in order to enhance delivery of care
Target Audience

All registered nurses and other healthcare professionals would benefit from undertaking this Course.


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 Roller 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 and 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 the 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 include singing in a choir, visiting schools about bullying (Courage to Care), and 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)218
First Published
Updated25 February 2019
Expires 22 March 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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Genomic Medicine
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Learner Reviews

218 Total Rating(s)
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Mary Wright
31 Dec 2019

great resource, clear explanations

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Patumarin Ennis
23 Dec 2019

Fantastic topic clearly and easy to understand. Great educator.

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Clare McDonald
15 Dec 2019

Easy to understand, relevant information

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Erin Cuthbertson
21 Nov 2019


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Jim Bua
15 Nov 2019

Lots of new knowledge learnt

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Manju Limbu Murray
03 Nov 2019

This is one of the best way to stay home and learn online.

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Vanessa Milne
02 Nov 2019

Good explanation.

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Jaimie Collard
18 Oct 2019

Enough depth for a general overview and was easy to follow.

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Rhian Meredith
16 Oct 2019

This was a great refresher for pharmacology

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12 Oct 2019

Good lecture