Exciting times for pharmacists and CPD

Stay up-to-date with the latest evidence

With increasing recognition of the significant role that pharmacists play when it comes to managing chronic conditions, it’s important to stay-up-to date with the latest evidence and how it applies to your patients.

Pharmacists are in a unique and pivotal position to provide the most current information, help prevent medicines-related problems and work in partnership with other members of the primary healthcare team.

With April marking the half-way point of the CPD year it could be time to review what you’ve already achieved and target further learning opportunities.

Particularly now that pharmacists are required to actively develop and maintain a CPD plan to address their identified professional development needs. The good news is that CPD has never been more flexible and convenient, including accessibility on multiple devices including tablets and smart phones.

NPS MedicineWise is an independent, evidence-based organisation that provides a variety of free CPD activities designed specifically for pharmacists and pharmacy interns. These activities span a range of therapeutic areas, including depression, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis and chronic pain.

Available activities include Pharmacy Practice Reviews, which allow reflection on the management of patients with chronic conditions, interactive online case studies (with content tailored specifically to pharmacists) which provide an opportunity to focus on decision making skills for a clinical scenario, and online learning modules designed to supplement existing knowledge.

As an example of increased flexibility in CPD activities, for the first time the latest Pharmacy Practice Review Depression: Supporting quality use of antidepressants is available both as an ‘express’ version requiring only 5 patient episodes of care (10 CPD credits), or the choice to continue to 10 episodes (16 CPD credits).

You can find out more about CPD activities for pharmacists from NPS MedicineWise at nps.org.au/cpd/pharmacists.

This article is brought to you by NPS MedicineWise

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