Continuing professional development (CPD) for students

Our online courses for health professional students are designed to develop your skills and confidence in effectively and safely prescribing, administering, and managing medicines. You will be engaged through a variety of learning activities, such as case studies, real-life examples, practical applications, expert commentaries, and assessments with detailed feedback.

Courses developed specifically or highly recommended for students are:

  • national prescribing curriculum modules
  • national inpatient medication chart
  • medication safety
  • quality use of medicines for health professional students
  • the medicinewise practitioner.

Cost

All of our activities for students are free.

National prescribing curriculum

A series of case-based modules for new prescribers that encourage confident and rational prescribing. The modules follow a stepwise approach as outlined in the WHO's Guide to Good Prescribing.

Acute coronary syndrome

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Acute mania in bipolar disorder

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Acute pulmonary oedema in CHF

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Adolescent mental health

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Anaemia

National Prescribing Curriculum module

Treat a woman with anaemia.... more

Analgesics in persistent pain

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Bone complications

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Chronic heart failure

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

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

Confusion in geriatric patient

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Facial pain

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Glycaemic control in long-established diabetes

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Hypertension

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Lipid management and CVD risk

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Management options to maximise sleep

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Opioid dependence

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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 in chronic pain

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Peptic ulceration with H. pylori

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Polypharmacy

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

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

Prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Respiratory tract infection in a child

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Seizure

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Sore mouth

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Type 2 diabetes part 1

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Type 2 diabetes part 2

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Urinary tract infections

National Prescribing Curriculum module

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

Courses

Our online courses provide you with practical opportunities to improve prescribing for medicines and medical tests.

Antimicrobials: catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Course

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

Antimicrobials: community-acquired pneumonia

Course

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

Antimicrobials: surgical prophylaxis

Course

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

Demystifying bioequivalence

Course

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

Introduction to antimicrobial prescribingNEW

Course

This free online learning module deals with antimicrobials prescribing in a hospital setting... more

Medication safety training

Course

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

Course

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

Quality use of medicines: for health professional students

Course

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

Safety through Adverse Event Reporting

Course

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

The medicinewise practitioner: Belinda

Course

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

Course

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

Course

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

Managing UTIs in aged care

Course

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

Other activities for students

We have a number of other activities for you to develop your skills and confidence in effectively and safely prescribing, administering and managing medicines.

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

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

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