National Prescribing Curriculum

Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation

Prescribe appropriate anticoagulation for a patient with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF).

  • Cost: free

Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation


The National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC) is a series of interactive case-based modules that encourage confident and rational prescribing. The modules follow a stepwise approach as outlined in the WHO's Guide to Good Prescribing.

In this module you will prescribe appropriate anticoagulation for a patient with non-valvular AF.


Learning objectives

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • recommend appropriate stroke prophylaxis for a patient with non-valvular AF after considering their risk of stroke and bleeding
  • describe the stroke risk reduction provided by anticoagulants and antiplatelets in the setting of non-valvular AF
  • understand the bleeding risk associated with the different anticoagulants and antiplatelets in AF
  • discuss absolute and relative contraindications to warfarin therapy
  • understand the risks and benefits of anticoagulation therapy using direct thrombin inhibitors and factor Xa inhibitors.


Prescribing Competencies Framework
The Prescribing Competencies Framework describes the competencies that health professionals require to prescribe medicines judiciously, appropriately, safely and effectively in the Australian healthcare system