Good Medicine Better Health
Good Medicine Better Health: High blood pressure
These two modules aim to increase the confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to educate clients and community members about high blood pressure and how to manage it.
The National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners has endorsed this activity with 3 CPD Hours.
Endorsement period: 5/11/2020-5/11/2021.
It is recommended that 1.5 CPD hours be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.
This course consists of two 40-minute modules that aim to increase the confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to educate clients and community members about high blood pressure and how to manage it. Participants will gain knowledge about risk factors for high blood pressure, common blood pressure medicines and how they work, and learn ways to reduce the risk for developing cardiovascular complications.
Upon completion of each module the learner should be able to:
Module 1 – Why and how we treat high blood pressure?
- Describe cardiovascular disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, to help clients understand the link between risk factors and heart attack or stroke.
- Explain the importance of annual health checks, which include cardiovascular risk screening, to help clients understand how to manage risk.
- List different high blood pressure medicines and how they work.
Module 2 – Managing high blood pressure with medicines
- Describe side effects of high blood pressure medicines and how to manage them.
- Explain the risks of blood pressure medicines interacting with other common medicines to avoid complications.
- Discuss how lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and adherence to medicines can help to manage high blood pressure