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Join engaging and popular presenter, Dr Jenny Gowan for an informative lecture on crushing medications. With a focus on safety considerations, Jenny explains why some medications must never be crushed, and looks at general principles when medications do need to be crushed.


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Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training, and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. She has published over 400 educational articles. Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.


33 Total Rating(s)
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Maggi Tatarko
15 Sep 2019

This was so interesting, firstly questioning if the patient needs the said medication.. check other alternatives, for example kiwi fruit for consolation. Do not crush also means do not chew your medication. Check what vechile you’re using to help the patient swallow their meds it might cause undesirable interactions.

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Aruna Earl
12 Sep 2019

Fantastic subject

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Narelle Alexander
12 Sep 2019

Fully informative and more staff should read

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Leonie Weiss
11 Sep 2019

Very informative, natural teacher, knowledgeable and insightful

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Danielle Eade
09 Sep 2019

Fantastic presentation. Very easy to follow and understand. Relevant and informative for anyone who works with /dispenses or prescribes medications.

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Christine Gill
08 Sep 2019

The actibity was well presented and gave other optipns to think about

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Helen Griffiths
07 Sep 2019

This pharmacist was excellent - I would like to see more lectures re medications and resources as medication and medication errors unfortunately are common

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Mandeep kaur Jhajj
06 Sep 2019

Great teacher...very informative

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Natalie Barnes
05 Sep 2019

This lecture was more aimed at aged care, however did have some take home messages for hospital based nursing as well

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Lisa Harris
04 Sep 2019

The education was a helpful reminder of which medications are suitable for crushing and the alternative methods for the administration of certain medications.

CPD45m of CPD
Total Rating(s)  33
Published29 August 2019
Expires22 May 2020
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