Reducing CVD risk

Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists

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­ CPD credits

Up to 8 hours of Group 3 CPD (or 24 CPD credits).

Pharmacy Practice Reviews use best practice standards and guidelines to help pharmacists review current practice, consider implementing changes to practice, review and reflect on these changes, and to monitor progress.

These materials also focus on identifying priorities for patient counselling, provide tools to assist effective counselling and identify pharmacist competencies which will be addressed by completion of the activity.

All participants receive a feedback report that includes individual results, aggregate results of all participants' practices and an expert commentary on the aggregate results.

Learning outcomes

Participation in this activity will assist pharmacists to:

  • demonstrate the benefits of lifestyle modifications in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk management by using the absolute CVD risk assessment tool and assess absolute CVD risk where beneficial
  • regularly encourage adherence to lifestyle advice based on patient's individual modifiable risk factors
  • communicate the importance of adherence to medicine(s) for patients prescribed a statin and/or ezetimibe
  • identify possible drug-related adverse effects and refer when appropriate
  • explain the "Managing my heart health" leaflet to patients and encourage discussion of their CVD risk management with their GP, when appropriate.

CPD and competencies


This activity can be self-recorded for up to 8 hours of Group 3 CPD (or 24 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist's CPD plan.

Pharmacy Practice Reviews assist pharmacists to meet the following competency standards as set out in the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Competency Standards for Pharmacists in Australia 2010:

  • Standard 1.2 Practise to accepted standards
  • Standard 1.3 Deliver 'patient-centred' care
  • Standard 1.5 Maintain and extend professional competence
  • Standard 2.1 Communicate effectively
  • Standard 2.2 Work to resolve problems
  • Standard 2.3 Collaborate with members of the health care team
  • Standard 3.4 Manage quality service delivery
  • Standard 4.2 Consider the appropriateness of prescribed medicines
  • Standard 4.3 Dispense prescribed medicines
  • Standard 6.1 Assess primary health care needs
  • Standard 6.2 Deliver primary health care
  • Standard 6.3 Contribute to public and preventive health
  • Standard 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision-making
  • Standard 7.3 Influence patterns of medicine use
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