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Antibacterial Antibiotics

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives

Course Overview

This Ausmed Course reviews the nature of antibacterial antibiotics: their indications, contraindications, adverse effects, drug interactions, dosages and length of treatment for specific infections.


  • Penicillins, carbapenems, cephalosporins;
  • Macrolides, aminoglycosides, tetracyclines;
  • Nitroimidazoles, linezolid, fosfomycin;
  • Lincosamides, polypeptides, trimethoprim, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, nitrofurantoin.


Dispensing of antimicrobial medicines is fundamental in professional pharmacy practice. It involves a strong patient and ethical focus, as well as ongoing education in order to have a positive impact on patient outcomes. Pharmacists, as providers of medicines and advisors to medicine use, must fully understand the concepts and practical applications of these topics.

A knowledge of antibacterial antibiotics: their nature, indications, contraindications, adverse effects, drug interactions, dosages and duration of treatment for specific infections.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to provide healthcare professionals with education relating to therapeutic properties of antibacterial antibiotics.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improve knowledge about the classification, indications, precautions, contraindications, adverse reactions, doses and drug interactions of antibacterial antibiotics.
  • Identify any problems relating to prescriptions of antibacterial antibiotics and communicate these with proposed solutions to the prescriber.
  • The ability to counsel patients on the correct use of antibacterial antibiotics with respect to dose, frequency of dosage and length of treatment.

Target Audience

Pharmacists and healthcare professionals who are involved in the prescribing, dispensing and/or administration of antibacterial antibiotics throughout patient care.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.



Louis Roller

Louis has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for some 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the Editorial Board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and with Jenny Gowan since 1995 writes articles on Disease State Management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities (as well as the above) include singing in a choir, visiting schools re bullying (Courage to Care) giving talks to U3A groups and similar groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics.

Peer Reviewer

Jenny Gowan

Jenny is a practicing pharmacist, a Teaching Associate at Monash University and Clinical Associate at RMIT university . She is a current member of the PSA Branch committee, Editorial Board Member of AUS-DI (Drug information), Guidelines Committee for the National Asthma Council Australian Asthma Handbook, and RACGP Silver book for Aged Care . Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist, and conducts her own company focussing on medication reviews in the home and Aged Care Facilities as well as Quality Use of Medicine consultancy. She works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. Jenny has published over 380 educational articles and presents hundreds of talks annually. In 2010 Jenny received the Sanofi-Aventis award by the University of Sydney, in 2013, PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year and 2016 Jenny was the AACP-MIMs Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.

Antibacterial Antibiotics
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Preventive healthcare | medicine
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
CPD Points
1 hour 39 minutes of CPD
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