Vitamin D and bone health course launched

Guild Learning and Development is partnering with Sanofi in the development of an online course, Vitamin D supplementation in bone health

Pharmacists who complete this course will be able to describe the process of bone metabolism, including the role of vitamin D in bone metabolism.

This course will also assist pharmacists in identifying patients who may benefit from 7000IU once-a-week vitamin D supplementation, including important counselling points and advice for patients.

Osteoporosis is a chronic, and often asymptomatic condition, with about half of all patients not realising they have the disease until they suffer from a low-impact fracture.

Patients may also not perceive any direct benefit from treatment1,2 and as a result compliance with osteoporosis medication can be suboptimal.

As vitamin D deficiency is a significant public health issue in Australia, pharmacists play an important role in assessing persistence and compliance with vitamin D therapy in all at-risk individuals, the Guild says.

This activity has been accredited for 0.75 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 0.75 CPD credits), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 0.75 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

Contact the Guild Learning and Development on 03 9810 9930 or email for more information.

Guild Learning and Development has thanked Sanofi for their financial support in the development of this course.

1 Reid DM. Handbook of osteoporosis. London: Springer Healthcare Ltd; 2011.

2 Reginster JY, Rabenda V, Neuprez A. Adherence, patient preference and dosing frequency: Understanding the relationship. Bone. 2006;38(4, Supplement 1):S2-S6. doi:

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