Pharmacist’s role in COPD therapy

In this edition of the ‘Hear this’ audio CPD series produced by the Australian College of Pharmacy for the AJP, Dr Brett MacFarlane discusses the pharmacist’s role in COPD therapy with accredited pharmacist and pharmacy educator Debbie Rigby.

Brett and Debbie discuss the clinical aspects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and cover the newer inhaler devices used to treat COPD. They also discuss the pharmacist’s role in therapy with a focus on helping patients improve their adherence to therapy and their nhaler technique.

This audio CPD activity has been released for pharmacist’s information in time for World COPD Day, Wednesday 16 November. To see Debbie’s helpful instructional videos on the use of inhaler devices for COPD go the Lung Foundation Australia website under the Patient Support tab. (

This audio CPD activity is divided into 2 parts and runs for approximately 1 hour in total.

You need to listen to all of the discussion to be able to answer the assessment questions, published in the AJP, November 2016 on page XX.


  • describe the clinical aspects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD);

  • describe the newer inhaler devices used to treat COPD;

  • help patients with COPD improve their adherence to therapy;

  • help patients with COPD improve their inhaler device technique.

The 2010 Competency Standards addressed by this activity include (but may not be limited to): 1.3, 2.3, 4.2, 4.3, 6.1, 6.3, 7.1, 7.2

Accreditation number: A1611AJP3

This activity has been accredited for 1.0 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1.0 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan which can be converted to 1.0 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2.0 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities. Expiry date: 01/11/2018.

If you listen to the audio file you may claim Group 1 credits for the time spent listening to the audio file. If you listen and subsequently undertake (and pass) the assessment you may claim Group 2 credits as outlined above.


You can only submit answers to the assessment questions for this article if you are a member of the Australian college of Pharmacy. College members can submit answers at in the CPD Library. Non-College members can join the College online. Membership fees are listed on the College website.

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