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Opioids and Other Analgesics

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online

Course Overview

This Ausmed Course explores evidence-based guidelines for pain management and includes information on acute, chronic and post-surgical pharmacological pain relief using a multidisciplinary approach.

Topics

  • Non-opioid analgesics;

  • Opioid analgesics;

  • Other therapies for pain management.

Need

About 20% of Australians suffer chronic pain, and this will increase as the population ages. In up to 5% (or about one million people), the pain has a significant impact on function and quality of life. Australia’s multidisciplinary pain clinics cannot see this number of patients, therefore much of the load for managing people with chronic pain falls on general practitioners (GPs), pharmacists and nurses.

Optimal management involves both non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches that focus on preventing disease and stopping progression, as opposed to just targeting palliation of disease. There have been many adverse events (including drug interactions) reported with many analgesics, as well as underuse and overuse of analgesia, resulting in changes to guidelines.

Purpose

The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to provide a review of pharmacological options and their uses for effective relief of acute or chronic pain.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pharmacology of analgesics in order to facilitate safe and effective pain relief for patients.

  • Apply current knowledge of non-opioid analgesics for the safe administration of these medicines.

  • Use knowledge about complementary therapies for pain management to guide patients in their pain management plan.

Target Audience

This Ausmed Course is relevant to registered nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, especially those who may administer or prescribe opioids and analgesics as part of the management of acute, chronic and post-surgical pain.

Disclosure

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.

Educator

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.

Type
Delivery
Title
Opioids and Other Analgesics
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Pain Management and Palliative Care, Surgical
Location
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
CPD Points
1 hour 5 minutes of CPD
Price
Free
Price Details
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Location
Online
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