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Optimise your patients’ adherence to lipid-modifying medicines and improve your confidence in assessing suspected statin-associated muscle symptoms.
Review your quality use of antidepressants with patients with depression.
This activity on safe use of oral anticoagulants helps identify priorities for patient counselling and promotes a best practice encounter.
Update your knowledge about the stepwise approach to managing COPD, and review the range of medicines and devices currently used to treat COPD.
Reflect on how you can help address adherence issues and improve blood pressure control in your patients.
Support your patients with their asthma management by exploring the elements for good control.Closed for new enrolmentsFor current enrolment, submit your 10 Episodes of care and ‘Provide your feedback’ form by 31 August 2018
Prevent medicines-related problems with older people - review your practice.
Update your knowledge about the range of glucose-lowering medicines available and their role in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
How would you advise a patient with well-controlled gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) who would like to continue their proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy?
This series of three modules provides training for prescribers and pharmacists on the use of the SafeScript System. The series gives an overview of high-risk medicines misuse in the community, outlines best practice for prescribing and dispensing high-risk medicines, and explores ways of managing people who are at risk of high-risk medicine misuse.Access is restricted to health practitioners in Victoria.
Optimal management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis depends on successful collaboration between rheumatologists, GPs and community pharmacists.
Penicillins and cephalosporins can cause a similar spectrum of allergic reactions at a similar rate. Cross-reactive allergy between penicillins and cephalosporins is rare, as is cross-reaction within the cephalosporin group. Patients should therefore not be labelled ‘cephalosporin-allergic’. Carlo L Yuson, Constance H Katelaris, William B Smith Aust Prescr 2018;41:37-41
There are morbidity and mortality benefits for infants who are breastfed for longer periods. Occasionally, drugs are used to improve the milk supply.Maternal perception of an insufficient milk supply is the commonest reason for ceasing breastfeeding. Maternal stress or pain can also reduce milk supply.Treasure M McGuire Aust Prescr 2018;41:7-9
Patients may be susceptible to adverse drug events during acute illness due to comorbidities or medicine use. Acute illness should prompt careful monitoring or dose adjustment in patients prescribed certain medicines.Tom N Lea-Henry, Jonathan Baird-Gunning, Elizabeth Petzel, Darren M Roberts Aust Prescr 2017;40:168-73
How can you optimise a patient’s methotrexate therapy for the management of rheumatoid arthritis?
Naloxone is a competitive antagonist at opioid receptors. It can be administered to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.In the face of increasing overdose deaths, from both prescription opioids and heroin, a wide range of people may benefit from increased access to naloxone. Marianne E Jauncey and Suzanne Nielsen Aust Prescr 2017;40:137-140
How do we optimise a patient’s statin therapy for the management of dyslipidaemia with minimal side effects?
The clinical diagnosis of heart failure should be confirmed by echocardiogram to determine the underlying mechanism and to measure the left ventricular ejection fraction. Ingrid Hopper and Kellie Easton Aust Prescr 2017;40:128-136
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including low-dose aspirin are some of the most commonly used medicines. They are associated with gastrointestinal mucosal injury.Musa Drini, Aust Prescr 2017;40:91-3
This free course will guide you through the adverse event reporting process. Reporting adverse events is important to ensure that therapeutic products continue to be safe.
Warfarin and the new oral anticoagulants are licensed for non-valvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism. The choice of anticoagulant depends on the characteristics of the patient and the medicine. Paul KL Chin, Aust Prescr 2016;39:200-4
There are more than a dozen different inhaled medicines for COPD and multiple devices. How can you help your patients get the best out of theirs?
If there are no features of serious disease, suspected gastro-oesophageal reflux disease can be initially managed with a trial of a proton pump inhibitor for 4–8 weeks. This should be taken 30–60 minutes before food for optimal effect. Charlotte Keung and Geoffrey Hebbard, Aust Prescr 2016:39:6-10
Chronic hepatitis C infection causes cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma, and is the most common indication for liver transplantation. Hepatitis C is curable and complications can be prevented.Alex J Thompson and Jacinta A Holmes, Aust Prescr 2015;38:191-7
Most commonly used drugs are relatively safe for breastfed babies. The dose received via milk is generally small and much less than the known safe doses of the same drug given directly to neonates and infants.Neil Hotham and Elizabeth Hotham, Aust Prescr 2015;38:156-9
Persistent cigarette smokers usually have a nicotine addiction. This addiction has a chronic relapsing and sometimes remitting course and may persist lifelong. Mike McDonough, Aust Prescr 2015;38:106-11
Long-term treatment with warfarin is recommended for patients with atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke and those with recurrent venous thrombosis or prosthetic heart valves.Philip A Tideman, Rosy Tirimacco, Andrew St John, Gregory W RobertsAust Prescr 2015;38:44-8
Home blood pressure monitoring is the self-measurement of blood pressure by patients. In the diagnosis and management of high blood pressure it is complementary to 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and clinic blood pressure measurements. Barry P McGrath, Aust Prescr 2015;38:16-9
The combined oral contraceptive pill is an effective contraceptive method which can also offer other benefits. However, other contraceptive options should be discussed. If the pill is the chosen method, prescribe a pill with the lowest effective dose of oestrogen and progestogen.Mary Stewart and Kirsten Black, Aust Prescr 2015;38:6-11
Patients receiving palliative care are at high risk of adverse effects from drugs. As these effects can be difficult to distinguish from the symptoms of the terminal illness, harm from medicines is often not recognised. Debra Rowett and David Currow, Aust Prescr 2014;37:204-9
Valproate is an anticonvulsant drug which is approved for use in epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It has also been used for neuropathic pain and migraine prophylaxis. Ahamed Zawab and John Carmody, Aust Prescr 2014;37:124-7
Efflux transporters such as P-glycoprotein play an important role in drug transport in many organs. In the gut, P-glycoprotein pumps drugs back into the lumen, decreasing their absorption. Andrew Finch and Peter Pillans, Aust Prescr 2014;37:137-9
Some nutrient supplements and herbal medicines have supportive evidence for efficacy in some mental health disorders, other products do not. Jerome Sarris, Aust Prescr 2014;37:90-3
Depression treatment should be tailored to the individual patient. Meet two different patients with depression. How would you progress their initial care?
Dose administration aids can improve medicines management for some people. However, they have a number of limitations and are not suitable for all patients. Rohan A Elliott, Aust Prescr 2014;37:46-50
Treat a hospitalised patient for a catheter-associated urinary tract infection.
A 4 year old diagnosed with asthma 6 months ago presents with worsening asthma symptoms. This free CPD activity is a case study on optimising asthma control in children.
This online learning module is centred around a video that guides clinicians on how to obtain and record a BPMH.
Explore common secondary causes of osteoporosis and how to prevent fractures with this free CPD case study from NPS.
RACF Medicinewise Reports can identify patterns of antibiotic use, support appropriate prescribing of antibiotics to treat urinary infections (UTIs) and prevent antibiotic resistance.
The majority of patients do not use their asthma inhaler device correctly - engage them with conversations and demonstations of correct technique.
This case study explores the diagnostic approach to managing urinary tract infections in residential aged care facility residents to reduce antibiotic resistance.
This interactive case study has been designed to help you improve accuracy in identifying elevated blood pressure in patients as well as better interpret the results of both in-clinic and out-of-clinic assessments.
Two different patients with type 2 diabetes. How would you manage their diabetes care? A free case study from NPS.
Diagnose and treat a case of community acquired pneumonia in a hospital setting.
This interactive module explores the diagnostic approach to fatigue in young to middle-aged adults, to improve your knowledge, skills and confidence in assessing patients with this condition.
This continuing professional development activity assists pharmacists and nurses to reflect on management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and use of antibiotics.
Diagnosing causes of fatigue - meet Arya Saab, for the last two months she has been feeling tired and has asked for some tests to determine the cause of her fatigue.
Examine the role of antibiotic prophylaxis for patients undergoing surgical procedures.
Treat a hospitalised patient for a catheter-associated urinary tract infection.
Weigh up the need for antibiotics with two different cases of acute otitis media in this free CPD case study.
This course is designed to explore the various causes of medication errors and equip you with the knowledge and skills to help prevent errors from occurring in your workplace.
This module is designed to explain the role of bioequivalence in generic medicines development and to assist health professionals to feel confident explaining these principles to patients.
A 78-year old woman presents with worsening arthritic pain. What factors are contributing to her pain and what are the management options?
Learn the principles of safe prescribing and how to correctly complete the National Standard Medication Charts.
Improve your accuracy in identifying elevated blood pressure and better interpret the results of both in-clinic and out-of-clinic assessments within the context of absolute cardiovascular risk.