The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has launched the next instalment of its Pharmacist Only Health Solutions training program for pharmacists, focusing on S3 analgesics.
The Guild has partnered with AFT Pharmaceuticals, makers of new analgesic product, in the development of an online training course designed to increase a pharmacist’s knowledge of common S3 pain medicines to improve health outcomes for their patients.
The course, titled Pharmacist Only Health Solutions – Analgesics, was developed by subject matter experts at the Guild, incorporating AFT’s expert product knowledge in this area. The current evidence base for common Pharmacist Only analgesics is discussed, including a summary of key counselling points, an overview of pain perception and the importance of Quality Use of Medicines.
“This new course will assist pharmacists to provide the best advice to patients requesting S3 pain medicines,” says Sue Bond, head of the Guild Pharmacy Academy.
“Improved pharmacist education is key to capitalising on the opportunities provided by the Pharmacist Only Medicines department to both the pharmacy business and the patient,” she says.
“Although AFT Pharmaceutical’s contribution is invaluable it is also very balanced. Maintaining our integrity as a training provider is paramount and the Academy has gone to great lengths to ensure that the content is unbiased and informative.”
The learning objectives for this course are:
- Recall the epidemiology and societal impact of pain in Australia.
- Identify the physical and emotional influences on how we manage pain and how we experience sensations of pain.
- Describe how a health care practitioner’s perceptions of a patient’s pain condition can influence the management of their pain.
- Differentiate between various classifications of pain.
- Identify the appropriate indications and counselling points for Pharmacist Only analgesics.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of combination analgesic Pharmacist Only Medicines.
Pharmacist Only Health Solutions – Analgesics will be accessible via the Guild’s online learning platform, myCPD. The course is free to all pharmacists.