Case studies

Our case studies are free learning activities for GPs, pharmacists, nurses and other health professionals.

Each case study presents a clinical scenario with questions to help you reflect on your clinical decision-making skills and improve patient care.

Interactive case now available

The following case study is accredited for CPD points for GPs, nurses and pharmacists.

Oral anticoagulants: exploring treatment options for stroke prevention


Jenny Adams

Meet Jenny Adams, a 76 year old recently diagnosed with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Today Jenny has come to you to discuss her risk of stroke and the pros and cons of oral anticoagulant treatment.

How would you calculate Jenny’s estimated stroke risk? Which anticoagulant would you recommend for Jenny? What are the advantages and disadvantages of warfarin and the newer oral anticoagulants? If Jenny needs to switch anticoagulants at a later stage, how would you achieve this safely?


Complete this case study at your convenience on the device of your choice (computer or tablet). Receive instant feedback, compare your approach to that of your peers and read expert commentary provided by a leading Australian neurologist. You’ll need to register but it’s free and secure.

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Type 2 diabetes: tailoring ongoing treatment


Albert Sims

In this case study you'll meet Albert Sims a 75-year-old retired mechanical engineer. His glucose control has declined despite sticking to his medicines and a healthy lifestyle. How would you modify his medicines to manage his elevated blood glucose levels? What if he has frequent episodes of hypoglycaemia or chronic kidney disease? Would your approach change if he was in palliative care?

You'll be able to step your way through Albert's care, get instant evidence-based feedback on your responses and compare with your peers' responses. A commentary will be provided by a leading Australian endocrinologist.

Complete the case study at your convenience on the device of your choice (computer or tablet) with seamless switching. You'll need to register - but it's free and secure.

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New format offering contemporary learning experience

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Our new interactive case studies offer you:

  • an engaging and flexible online learning experience
  • choice of access on computer or tablet, with seamless switching between devices
  • immediate feedback from experts and peer comparisons to challenge your thinking
  • best practice points to apply to your care of patients.

If you would like to provide feedback on the new format please contact us.

Also available

The following case studies are still available in the older format. Unfortunately they may not be suitable for all devices.

Intensifying glycaemic control

Consider the next steps in improving glycaemic control for a patient with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and mild angina.

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Recurring headache 

Clarify the diagnosis and help a tired young mother who complains of “severe migraine”.

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Past case studies

We encourage you to complete the newer interactive case studies listed above. Past case studies are available for completion and reports are available which include peer responses, practice points and expert comments.

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These case studies are not accredited for CPD points however you can self-record/report your participation if required.

To participate in these case studies:

  1. Select 'Start now' to begin your chosen case study.
  2. Review the case study scenario.
  3. Answer the related questions.
  4. Complete your details.
  5. Provide feedback and submit your responses online only.

You will receive an email confirming your participation and a report on aggregate results. If you have a query or feedback about our case studies, please contact us.

Depression challenges in primary care
Published: April 2012.

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Management of rhinosinusitis
Published: February 2012.
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Heart failure
Published: October 2011.

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Antipsychotic therapy
Published: August 2011.

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Published: May 2011.
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Vitamin D
Published: April 2011.
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CVD risk: guiding lipid management
Published: February 2011.
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Iron deficiency anaemia
Published: October 2010.
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Optimising blood pressure control
Published: September 2010.
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Opioid therapy in chronic pain
Published: June 2010.
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Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Published: April 2010.
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Maximising sleep and minimising potential harms
Published: February 2010.
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Achieving bladder control
Published: December 2009.
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CPD points and practice incentives

The following applies to CPD and practice incentives for completed case studies. For further information on CPD and incentives for general practice, see CPD and the Quality Prescribing Incentive.

General practitioners

Practice Incentives Program for general practice

All case studies are recognised for the current reference period (1 May–30 April) for the Quality Prescribing Incentive of the Practice Incentives Program.

Case studies released before October 2013 are not accredited for CPD points for GPs.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM)


Australian Pharmacy Council (APC)

  • Case studies are accredited and suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. For details, see individual case studies.

Our case studies help pharmacists to meet the following competency standards as set out in the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2010:

  • 1.2 Practise to accepted standards
  • 1.3 Deliver ‘patient-centred’ care
  • 4.2 Consider the appropriateness of prescribed medicines
  • 6.1 Assess primary health care needs
  • 6.2 Deliver primary health care
  • 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision-making.


Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA)

  • Endorsed by APEC number 061110344 as authorised by Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) according to approved criteria. For details, see individual case studies.

Need help?

For help or more information about case studies contact our health professional learning team.