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Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives

Course Overview

This Course reviews pharmacodynamic concepts related to how medicines act on the human body and conversely, pharmacokinetic concepts that explore how the human body acts on medicines.


  • An overview of pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD).
  • Pharmacogenomics (personalised medicine) and genetic variability in response to medicines.
  • Pharmacokinetic medicine-medicine interactions and more...


Pharmacological therapy and medication administration is fundamental in many healthcare professionals’ 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.

However, many of the principles underlying how medicines work are often difficult to comprehend. As safe administration of medicines is a priority, it is essential that healthcare professionals continue to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and methods of medicine absorption, distribution and elimination in their patient care.


The purpose of this Course is to review the basic concepts relating to how medicines work on the human body, and the importance of bioavailability, half-life, medicine-medicine interactions, and peak and trough levels in therapy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use your understanding of the relationship between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to prevent adverse medication events that may impact on patient outcomes.
  • Identify the processes through which the human body absorbs, distributes, metabolises and eliminates medicines in order to educate patients on effective medication management.
  • Link the concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics with best clinical practice in order to enhance delivery of care.

Target Audience

All pharmacists, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals would benefit from undertaking this Course.


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.

Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Agedcare, Genetics
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
CPD Points
1 hour 25 minutes of CPD
Price Details
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