Antiplatelets and Anticoagulants

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CPD57m of CPD
First Published
Updated16 February 2021
Expires 16 February 2022
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

Anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications are considered high-risk medications. Actions, indications, adverse reactions and interactions must be considered and understood when caring for a person taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications.

  • Names, classes and where they act
  • Indications and adverse drug reactions (ADRs)
  • Management of bleeding
  • Medication interactions.

The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to assist with revising and increasing your knowledge of anticoagulants and antiplatelets.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify where antiplatelets and anticoagulants act on the human body.
  • Explain the indications and common adverse drug reactions of antiplatelets and anticoagulants.
  • Describe the management of bleeding related to antiplatelets and anticoagulants.
  • Apply knowledge of important medication interactions to practice.
Target Audience

Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are involved in the prescribing, dispensing and administration of antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications 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.


Portrait of Anne Leversha
Anne Leversha

Anne Leversha is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and is Director of Medication Education and Management Australia. Anne is a clinical pharmacist, has been a Director of a hospital pharmacy and was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. She is a Fellow of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), is an Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) assessor and consultant and is a trained clinical competency assessor for hospital pharmacists. Anne has been a member of the Victorian Medicines Advisory Committee and was a member of the team that developed a national interdisciplinary clinical educator preparation program. She has presented and conducted seminars and workshops in national and international conferences and forums. Anne has published on topics, including improving medication safety with articles on high-risk medicines alerts, drug allergy documentation, clinical pharmacist interventions, and pharmacists’ contribution to medical education. See Educator Profile

Peer Reviewer
Portrait of Gauri Godbole
Gauri Godbole

Gauri Godbole is currently practicing as a clinical pharmacist in aged care and mental health at Gosford Hospital. She has experience in hospital pharmacy practice across Australia. Her practice interests include aspects of geriatric medicine, research, teaching and publications: for both consumer and healthcare professionals. Gauri is a regular presenter at patient education forums such as the stepping-on program for falls prevention on the central coast. She has presented in various seminars and conferences, nationally and internationally. Gauri is a member of many local and national committees such as the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, Night Sedation Guidelines committee. She is an active member of the national geriatric medicine specialty practice leadership committee for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ of Australia (SHPA), elected as co-chair of the committee in 2019. She was awarded SHPA, NSW branch Early Career Pharmacist Award in 2017, in recognition of her contribution to pharmacy practice. Gauri is a fellow of the SHPA. Recently, she gained her certification as a dementia practitioner. Gauri recently received her advancing practice pharmacist credential in geriatric medicine in 2019. See Educator Profile