Continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists

Our range of activities for pharmacists and pharmacy interns support the development and maintenance of your skills, and help meet Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.


All of our CPD activities for pharmacists are free.

Pharmacy practice reviews

Pharmacy practice reviews (PPRs) are quality improvement activities which allow you to appraise your practice for patients with certain conditions, and compare them with best practice standards and guidelines. Our PPRs typically focus on common conditions, ensuring they are relevant to most pharmacists.

­ CPD credits

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

Asthma management: elements for good control

Pharmacy Practice Review

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

Blood pressure: enhancing adherence, achieving control

Pharmacy Practice Review

This free Pharmacy Practice Review for pharmacists is on patient adherence to use of blood pressure lowering medicines for high blood pressure (hypert... more

Chronic pain: opioids and beyond, supporting a multimodal approach

Pharmacy Practice Review

This free CPD activity helps pharmacists support management of patients with chronic pain, recognising the importance of a biopsychosocial approach.... more

COPD: demonstrating devices, evaluating medicines NEW

Pharmacy Practice Review

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity is a Pharmacy Practice Review on medicines for COPD. Find out more.... more

Depression: Supporting quality use of antidepressants

Pharmacy Practice Review

This Pharmacy Practice Review is about quality use of antidepressants for depression. Find this activity and more free CPD for pharmacists here.... more

Medicines in older people: preventing medicines-related problems

Pharmacy Practice Review

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

Oral anticoagulants: promoting safe use

Pharmacy Practice Review

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

Type 2 diabetes: a patient-centred approach

Pharmacy Practice Review

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity is a Pharmacy Practice Review on medicines for type 2 diabetes. Find out more.... more

Case studies

Each of our case studies presents a clinical scenario based on an individual patient with questions to help you reflect on your counselling of patients with a particular condition and improve patient care. The interactive format enables you to receive instant feedback, compare your approach with your peers, and read expert commentary.

­CPD credits

Accredited for 2 Group 2 CPD credits.

COPD: navigating inhaled medicines managementNEW

Case study

How to manage a stepwise approach to COPD management: Case study for GPs, pharmacists or nurses... more

Asthma: optimising asthma control in children

Case study

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for pharmacists, GPs, and nurses is a case study on optimising asthma control in children... more

Blood pressure: measure, manage & monitor

Case study

This case study features a 55-year-old man who is worried about his risk of heart attack. Earn free CPD points by completing this online activity abo... more

Chronic pain: opioids and beyond

Case study

This Interactive Case Study challenges you to use a biopsychosocial approach to manage a patient with chronic pain. Free CPD activity for GP’s, pharma... more

Depression: tailoring initial treatment and re-examining the options

Case study

Depression treatment should be tailored to the individual patient. Complete a free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for GPs, pharma... more

Fatigue: a diagnostic approach

Case study

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for pharmacists, GPs, and nurses is a case study on diagnosing causes of fatigue.... more

Intensifying treatment in type 2 diabetes

Case study

Intensifying treatment in type 2 diabetes: Case study for GPs, pharmacists or nurses... more

Preventing fractures: where to start with osteoporosis

Case study

This free CPD case study for GPs, pharmacists and nurses explores common secondary causes of osteoporosis and how to prevent fractures.... more

Otitis media: clarifying the role of antibiotics

Case study

Weigh up the need for antibiotics with two different cases of acute otitis media in this free CPD case study. Tailored versions for GPs, pharmacists a... more

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in uncomplicated gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

Case study

This case study features an active 68-year-old retiree who was recently discharged from hospital on a new medicine, omeprazole. How long will you plan... more

Urinary tract infections: exploring antibiotic treatment

Case study

This free continuing professional development (CPD) activity for pharmacists, GPs and nurses is a case study on antibiotics for urinary tract infectio... more


Our online learning courses for health professionals and health professional students, promote and support quality use of medicines. More...

Who can do online courses?

These courses are suitable for all health professionals and students.


All of our online courses are free.

CPD points

Many of our courses are accredited for continuing professional development. Please see course details for more information.

Antimicrobials: catheter-associated urinary tract infections


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

Antimicrobials: community-acquired pneumonia


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

Antimicrobials: surgical prophylaxis


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

Asthma: unlocking inhaler technique


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

Blood pressure: measure, manage and monitor


This free online course on blood pressure management can assist GPs, pharmacists and nurses with assessing cardiovascular risk and treating high blood... more

Demystifying bioequivalence


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

Drug misuse: implications for pharmacistsNEW


This free online learning module for pharmacists provides expert insights on how to spot the warning signals of potentially harmful medicines use. St... more

Fatigue: dealing with uncertainty - a diagnostic approach to fatigue


This interactive module explores the diagnostic approach to fatigue in young to middle-aged adults, to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence i... more

Medical tests


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

Medication safety training


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

National standard medication charts courseNEW


This course will guide you through the principles of safe prescribing and demonstrate how to complete the National Standard Medication Charts correctl... more

Safety through Adverse Event Reporting


This free course will guide you through the adverse event reporting process. Reporting adverse events is important to ensure that therapeutic products... more

Managing UTIs in aged care


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

Medicines use reviews

Medicines Use Reviews (Aged Care) are quality improvement activities based on best practice standards and guidelines to help pharmacists working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) review, reflect on and improve current practices within facilities.

­ CPD credits

Phase 1

Accredited for 16 Group 2 CPD credits

Phase 2

Accredited for 8 Group 2 CPD credits

Upon completion of Phase 2, pharmacists may also self record this quality improvement activity for 12 Group 3 CPD credits.

Antibiotics in urinary tract infections: ensuring appropriate use

Medicines use review

This continuing professional development activity assists pharmacists and nurses to reflect on management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and use o... more

Other CPD activities for pharmacists

A range of other activities are available, including online courses, small group case-based (SGCB) discussions, and drug use evaluations (DUEs).

­See individual activity pages to find out if the activity is accredited for CPD credits.

Antibiotics for urinary tract infections

Webstercare report

RACF Medicinewise Reports can identify patterns of antibiotic use, support appropriate prescribing of antibiotics to treat urinary infections (UTIs) a... more

Laxative use for chronic constipation

DUE for aged care facilities

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

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