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CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)10
First Published
Updated15 November 2017
Expires 04 October 2018

Course Overview

This Course will provide knowledge on medicines and how to find and utilise the most up-to-date information.

Topics include:

  • Overview of medicine regulation in Australia
  • Easily accessible and reliable sources of information about medicines
  • Barriers to patient education and medicine compliance and the best way to convey information

Target audience

Health professionals who routinely administer medicines.


Provide health professionals with a general update on credible sources of medicine information and the quality use of medicines.


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has identified improving the safety and quality of medication in Australia as one of its key priorities. Constant changes are made to medication standards, recommendations, guidelines, and to the availability of new products and advancement in research and product development. It is essential that nurses keep up-to-date with these changes and understand how medicines are regulated and how the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) can be used to improve patient outcomes. It is equally important that nurses and midwives can identify high quality sources of drug information to ensure that the most appropriate medications are administered.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

Learning Outcomes
  • Define the criteria and use of the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM)
  • List credible sources of information about medicines
  • Identify strategies for providing medicines information to patients

The presenter and all members of the planning team have disclosed that they have no relevant financial commercial relationships to products or devices related to the content of this educational activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medication have been used. Courses include expert peer reviews of the content where applicable.

  • Video Recording Completed: 11/06/2015
  • Video Recording Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Course First Published: 16/11/2017
  • Course Reviewed: N/A
  • Course Republished: N/A
  • Course Expiry Date: 05/10/2018
  • Corrections / changes made: N/A

This CPD/CNE activity will expire on 05/10/2018 after which CPD/CNE hours will not be valid.


Portrait of Jenny Gowan
Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a community health centre. She has published over 400 educational articles. Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year. See Educator Profile

CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)10
First Published
Updated15 November 2017
Expires 04 October 2018
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Learner Reviews

10 Total Rating(s)
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Maria Nothling
01 Aug 2018

well presented

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Roselea Dinnell
25 Jul 2018

Educator was very good at explaining

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Soso Polau
05 Jul 2018

Great learning activity, lots of resources for future reference.

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Avelina Go Chow
11 Jun 2018

Relevant VLA

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Annette richards
17 May 2018

Very useful refresher on medication safety. Excellent resource information provided throughout the topic.

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Cal Tudor
16 May 2018

Would have liked more learning about individual medications.

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Pooja Saini
02 May 2018


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Frances Browne
27 Apr 2018

very helpful and informative.

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suzanne roslyn mason
12 Apr 2018

Good presentation

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Cindy Barkhuizen
10 Apr 2018