Continuing professional development (CPD) and learning

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NPS MedicineWise promotes quality use of medicines by prescribers through the Prescribing Competencies Framework.

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68 activities

Acute coronary syndrome

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat an episode of acute coronary syndrome in an elderly patient recovering from pneumonia.... more

Acute mania in bipolar disorder

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Assess and manage a patient previously diagnosed with type I bipolar disorder presenting with symptoms of acute mania.... more

Acute postoperative pain

DUE for hospitals for pharmacists, nurses

The APOP DUE toolkit is a quality improvement tool to assist hospital surgical, anaesthetic, pharmacy and nursing staff working with surgical patients... more

Acute pulmonary oedema in CHF

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat an acute episode of pulmonary oedema in a patient with chronic heart failure.... more

Adolescent mental health

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Support and consider appropriate treatment for a teenager exhibiting symptoms of depression.... more

Anaemia

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a woman with anaemia.... more

Analgesics in persistent pain

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Look at the use of analgesics in managing persistent pain.... more

Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Consider appropriate anticoagulation for a patient with atrial fibrillation.... more

Antimicrobials - bacteraemia

Online course

Diagnose and treat a case of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia.... more

Antimicrobials - catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Online course for pharmacists, nurses, students

Treat a hospitalised patient for a catheter-associated urinary tract infection.... more

Antimicrobials - community-acquired pneumonia

Online course for pharmacists, nurses, students

Diagnose and treat a case of community acquired pneumonia in a hospital setting.... more

Antimicrobials - surgical prophylaxis

Online course for pharmacists, nurses, students

Examine the role of antibiotic prophylaxis for patients undergoing surgical procedures.... more

Antipsychotic use for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

DUE for aged care facilities for pharmacists, nurses

Determine the appropriateness of the use of antipsychotic medicines for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia within your aged c... more

Asthma - optimising asthma control in children

Case study for GPs, pharmacists, nurses, students

Daniel O'Connor is a 4 year old with asthma. Over the last month Daniel has been wheezing nearly every day. He has also been waking up once or twice a... more

Asthma management - elements for good control

Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists

Support your patients with their asthma management by exploring the elements for good control, based on the new Australian Asthma Handbook 2014.... more

Asthma management: supporting patients to achieve good control

Clinical e-Audit for GPs

Review how your practice measures up to the recommendations in the Australian Asthma Handbook 2014, and support your patients to achieve better asthma... more

Bone complications

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Manage a dental patient with symptoms that could arise from one or more different diagnoses.... more

Chronic angina after MI

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Review and manage a patient with poorly controlled chronic angina in a patient with a recent history of myocardial infarction.... more

Chronic heart failure

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Review and optimise the management of a patient's chronic heart failure.... more

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a patient admitted to ED with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).... more

Confusion associated with alcohol withdrawal

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a confused elderly hospital patient with a history of heavy drinking.... more

Confusion in geriatric patient

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Manage confusion arising during an exacerbation of an elderly patient's chronic heart failure.... more

CVD risk - assessment and lipid-modifying therapy

Clinical e-Audit for GPs

Reflect on your management of 10 adults aged 45 years and over, or aged 35 years and over if of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who have... more

Demystifying bioequivalence

Online course for GPs, pharmacists, nurses, students

This module is designed to explain the role of bioequivalence in generic medicines development and to assist health professionals to feel confident ex... more

Discharge management of acute coronary syndromes

DUE for hospitals for pharmacists, nurses

The DMACS DUE toolkit guides an audit of the discharge management of patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). It is a quality improvement activit... more

Exploring inhaled medicines use and asthma control

Educational visit for GPs

Many patients are unnecessarily living with poor asthma control and consider it to be normal. Discuss how to improve the health outcomes of patients w... more

Facial pain

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Manage a dental patient with symptoms that could arise from either trigeminal neuralgia or a periodontal abscess.... more

Hypertension

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Manage a patient with newly diagnosed hypertension with a comorbidity of asthma.... more

Hypnotic medicines for the management of insomnia

DUE for aged care facilities for pharmacists, nurses

Determine the appropriateness of the use of hypnotic medicines for insomnia in your aged care home. Identify opportunities for improving quality use o... more

Improving glycaemic control in long-established diabetes

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Consider further treatment options for an elderly patient diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than a decade ago.... more

Laxative use for chronic constipation

DUE for aged care facilities for pharmacists, nurses

Determine the appropriateness of the use of laxative medication in your aged care home. Identify opportunities for improving quality use of these drug... more

Lipid management and CVD risk

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Address the cardiovascular risk of a 49-year old man who is concerned that he is at high risk of having a heart attack.... more

Long term management of type 2 diabetes - part 1

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Manage a middle-aged patient who has been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.... more

Long term management of type 2 diabetes - part 2

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Continue the long-term management of a middle-aged patient with type 2 diabetes at a later stage of the disease.... more

Management of specific respiratory tract infections

Clinical e-Audit for GPs

Reflect on your management of 10 patients with acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, acute sore throat/pharyngitis/tonsillitis, acute otitis media, common c... more

Management options to maximise sleep

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Consider the treatment options for a middle-aged patient with sleeping difficulties.... more

Medical tests

Online course for GPs, pharmacists, nurses

Healthcare professionals are routinely presented with scenarios where clinical diagnosis and therapeutic decisions are made based on medical test resu... more

Medication safety training

Online course for pharmacists, nurses, students

Learn about common types of medication errors and the main causes of errors. We will look at how you can help prevent them from occurring in your work... more

MedicineInsight visit on diabetes

Participatory study for GPs

A free participatory study on diabetes is for GPs... more

Medicines in older people - preventing medicines-related problems

Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists

Pharmacists have specialised medicines knowledge and play an important role in preventing medicines-related problems in older people. This activity pr... more

Medicines in older people - review and rationalise

Clinical e-Audit for GPs

Reflect on your management of 10 patients aged 75 years and over, who use five or more medicines and who are prescribed at least one of the following:... more

National inpatient medication chart training

Online course for pharmacists, nurses, students

The National Inpatient Medication Chart (NIMC) has been developed to ensure that complete and accurate information is included for all drug orders so ... more

Opioid dependence

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Initiate and plan ongoing outpatient treatment for a patient who presents at ED with narcotic analgesic dependence. In addition, you will consider leg... more

Opioid therapy for chronic pain

DUE for aged care facilities for pharmacists, nurses

Determine the appropriateness of the use of opioids for managing chronic pain in your aged care facility. Identify opportunities for improving quality... more

Opioid therapy in chronic pain

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Consider the role of opioid analgesics in managing a 64-year old man who suffers from non-specific chronic back pain.... more

Oral anticoagulants - exploring treatment options for stroke prevention

Case study for GPs, pharmacists, nurses, students

Jenny Adams is a 76 year old recently diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Jenny has come to you to discuss her risk of stroke and the pro... more

Oral anticoagulants - promoting safe use

Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists

This activity promotes opportunities for you to engage with people using an oral anticoagulant and reflect on your current practice.... more

Peptic ulceration with H. pylori

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a patient with peptic ulcer disease due to Helicobacter pylori.... more

Peptic ulceration with NSAID use

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a patient with peptic ulcer disease following use of two nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.... more

Polypharmacy

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat an elderly patient on multiple medications and comorbidities who presents with various signs and symptoms indicating multiple system failure.... more

Post operative pain and vomiting

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a patient with pain and vomiting following a surgical operation.... more

Prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Consider appropriate prevention of VTE in hospital inpatients. Pulmonary embolism is responsible for approximately 10% of all deaths in hospital, even... more

Quality use of medicines - for health professional students

Online course for students

Learn about the principles of QUM and the roles different health professionals play in promoting QUM.... more

Quality use of medicines - why, what, how, and who?

Online course

This course sets QUM in context, provides an overview of QUM principles and their application, and explores the roles and responsibilities of various ... more

Reducing CVD risk

Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists

This Pharmacy Practice Review has been designed to help you reflect on your encounters with patients using a statin and/or ezetimibe. This activity pr... more

Respiratory tract infection in a child

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a young child who presents to ED at night with an upper respiratory tract infection and fever.... more

Safe use of medicines in older people

Educational visit for GPs

Discuss how to achieve good medicines management and improved quality use of medicines by reducing polypharmacy and recognition of medicines to avoid ... more

Seizure

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a young woman presenting to the ED following an episode of generalised seizure.... more

Sore mouth

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a dental patient with a complex range of oral symptoms.... more

The medicinewise practitioner - Belinda

Online course for nurses, students

Belinda is a 22-year old with lifestyle issues and confirmed schizophrenia. Her first episode of psychosis occurred when she was nearly 20 years old. ... more

The medicinewise practitioner - Benji and Bridgit

Online course for nurses, students

Benji is a 3-year-old boy presenting in the Emergency Department of the local hospital with shortness of breath. He is brought in by his mother Bridgi... more

The medicinewise practitioner - Bill

Online course for nurses, students

Bill is a 55-year-old man with Type 2 diabetes. He is a new patient at your practice, having just moved into the area to be closer to family. As a way... more

Type 2 diabetes - enhancing patient care

Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists

This activity promotes opportunities for you to engage with people using a glucose-lowering medicine for type 2 diabetes and reflect on your current p... more

Type 2 diabetes - priorities and targets

Clinical e-Audit for GPs

Reflect on your management of 10 patients with type 2 diabetes who use glucose-lowering medicines.... more

Type 2 diabetes - tailoring ongoing treatment

Case study for GPs, pharmacists, nurses, students

Albert Sims is a 75-year-old retired mechanical engineer. His glucose control has declined despite sticking to his medicines and a healthy lifestyle. ... more

Unlocking asthma inhaler technique

Online course for pharmacists, nurses

Guiding conversation about inhaler technique, and demonstrations of correct technique using a specific methodology... more

Urinary tract infections

National Prescribing Curriculum module for students

Treat a young woman presenting with symptoms of a urinary tract infection. She is afebrile, has no rigors, and no abdominal or loin pain or tenderness... more

Which tests make a difference - preventive activities in general practice

Educational visit for GPs

Cover the latest evidence and guidelines for preventive healthcare with a focus on tests and interventions recommended for people in their 40s. This i... more