Opioids and Other Analgesics

1h 10m of CPD
Jenny Gowan
21 Jan 2018

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


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


Choose an appropriate opioid analgesic based on your assessment to facilitate best practice pain management


Use knowledge about alternative therapies for pain management to guide patients in their pain management plan


Jenny Gowan

Jenny, a practicing pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", and the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training, and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. She has published over 350 educational articles. Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.


Jane Guerin06 Oct 2018
Good over view of analgesics

Kirsty Hall08 Sep 2018
Very informative. Highly recommend

Candace Pederson04 Sep 2018
Very informative, good review.

Catherine Tume19 Jul 2018
Very useful

Renee McDonald - Kettle17 Jul 2018
Great revision & recap

Francis tameka04 Jul 2018
Information seems to be Targeted to nursing home nursing.

Terry woods29 Jun 2018
Well presented

Kerrie Myhill20 Jun 2018
Great information.

Brenda Wilson30 May 2018
Very helpful and necessary in-service. I would highly recommend it. The new changes in schedule to medications and knowledge is valuable in making you a safe and competent nurse.

Ming Pei Teng30 May 2018
Very well explained!!

Maria-Lisa Andonela Cravo30 May 2018
Very interesting tutorial.

Ruth Curtis29 May 2018
Interesting resource

Renea Malazarts28 May 2018
Highly recommended!

Amrita Banstola26 May 2018

Harmeet Kaur26 May 2018
Highly important area well covered.

Gillian Carne25 May 2018

Jamuna Stevens25 May 2018
A useful resource. Thank you

Joan Lorraine Bull24 May 2018
Most beneficial in reinforcing the use of analgesia.

Anna Medley24 May 2018
In-depth and extremely informative.

Elizabeth Uhlmann23 May 2018
Really concise video on analgesia. Would like to review it again.

Abbygail vikki-may nicholls23 May 2018
Amazing, gave great insight

Alex Cooper22 May 2018
Very informative

rosemary britt6222 May 2018
Excellent resource

Harsimrat Kaur22 May 2018
very educating and informative

Emma Kerr22 May 2018
interesting presentation

Jo Teague19 May 2018

Mary Grace Narvadez19 May 2018
One of the best CPDs I've watched here in Ausmed. I have gained new knowledge about non-opioid and opioid analgesics. Thank you :)

Kim Szubert19 May 2018
Easily worked through, presenter easy to understand

Mi Park18 May 2018
very useful, thank you.

Very good VLA

Karamjeet Kaur18 May 2018
This VLA has provided me the effective pain management knowledge and the side effects of opioid medications

Siew Lan Tang17 May 2018

Annette richards16 May 2018
Excellent refresher and update on the use of medications for acute and chronic pain. Informative and educational.

Amor Acosta16 May 2018
Good video.

Cal Tudor16 May 2018

Baek Eunyoung16 May 2018
Great lecture, very educational.

Rebecca Levene15 May 2018
Easy to follow and informative. A good review of the basics and some practical tips.

caragh pugh15 May 2018

Brooke Hutchinson14 May 2018
Good presentation.

Terry Dunne13 May 2018
talks too fast sometimes

Kristina Beale09 May 2018

Kim cook05 May 2018
Very informative and engaging

Ellie Alizadeh03 May 2018
Very helpful topic.

Pooja Saini02 May 2018

Lisa-Jane Robertson01 May 2018
Lecturer was very well versed and well researched, evidence based information and education was given. This is definitely a MUST for all RN's collaborating with RMO's etc

Lauren Bradshaw01 May 2018
Very good.

Karen Innes27 Apr 2018
interesting and well presented

Joungsim BAE27 Apr 2018
Quite Informative !

Josephine O'Dwyer23 Apr 2018
Clear content delivery covering multiple analgesic drug classes

Tracy stratton22 Apr 2018

Queen Elthan Tatad21 Apr 2018
very engaging

Wendy Boehringer21 Apr 2018
Not engaging but informative

Daniel Nicholas Milano18 Apr 2018
An insightful lecture. I will definitely apply what I learned to everyday practice.

Zhimin Zhang17 Apr 2018
points out some practical tips on decision making in choosing appropriate analgesics.

Leeann Stewart16 Apr 2018
Informative and well presented.

Vanessa Rudman14 Apr 2018
Excellent lecture as always.

Ai Shan Ho11 Apr 2018
Simple and informative presentations on pain management.

Cindy Barkhuizen10 Apr 2018

Jeanie Kay Buchanan09 Apr 2018
This learning experience was helpful as a foreign nurse to learn what the similarities and differences on names and classifications of medicines particularly related to pain management

Claire sibson02 Apr 2018
The educator was a little one toned in her delivery, not too much inflection in her speaking voice but she was very clear in getting content of lecture across, very interesting information

Jeanette Olive26 Mar 2018
Excellent and easy to understand this topic. It has helped me understand opioids better

Brie Brown19 Mar 2018
Good information for correctional nursing.

Layla Youssef13 Mar 2018

Patricia Howes11 Mar 2018
The educator really knows her medicines, it was a very informed presentation.

Cherie Martin10 Mar 2018
The information was easy and clear to understand and effective in the breaking down of information delivery.

Fleur Harlock21 Feb 2018
Very good lecture

Carmel Spano20 Feb 2018
Informative and easy to understand. A good refresher on opioid medications and their adjuvants

Gillian Hoskins20 Feb 2018
I would highly recommend this lecture. The educator has a great understanding of subject and practice

Jessica Khan20 Feb 2018

Citti Taranto13 Feb 2018
Very resourceful in terms of understanding various types of Analgesia to manage chronic and acute pain

Ingrid Slattery13 Feb 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals

Vanessa Symes11 Feb 2018
Great info

Rebecca Wharf10 Feb 2018
Good education video. Very informative. Enjoyed the new set up of splitting the video up between quizzes.

Merrilyn Lambert07 Feb 2018
The educator was fantastic in her presentation.

jude desjardines03 Feb 2018
great review and resource

Jacinta Marie Costigan02 Feb 2018
The educator was very engaging and gave very clear explanation of types of analgesia to use in pain management. I

Yasika Grigson01 Feb 2018
very nicely presented

mary susan delos reyes30 Jan 2018
very well presented highly recommended

Kellie McKeown29 Jan 2018

Susan thompson28 Jan 2018
I found this session, educating in regards to how pain management drugs are used and the reason behind which one is best for the pt

Monika Seyfarth27 Jan 2018
Enjoyable, informative session. Thank you

Cheryl Wheatley25 Jan 2018
Excellent. Thank you

Melanie Melbourne25 Jan 2018
This course was really interesting, well presented in an understandable manner.

Hemaltha piyaratna24 Jan 2018
Great learning activity.

Kasha Wiencierz24 Jan 2018
Very informative session. Helps to increase understanding of the pharmacology of analgesics in order to facilitate efficient pain relief for clients.

Steven Walker24 Jan 2018
Very current and highly spoken about topic

Ann Trebilcock23 Jan 2018
A very informative and interesting resource.

Sajana Manandhar05 Jan 2018
The education on Opioids and other analgesia was really resourceful in terms of understanding the various type of analgesia in practice to manage acute/chronic pain. I believe the education may come useful in future while identifying the side effect of analgesia such the use of tramadol with antidepressant may cause serotonin syndrome. After watching the video, I have gained the full understanding behind the reason of not crushing the schedule 8 controlled release tablets..

Heather Blackhall26 Nov 2017
A good presentation that covers the basics of pain management and analgesic useage.

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Non-opioid analgesics
  • Opioid analgesics
  • Other therapies for pain management

Target audience

Health professionals who regularly administer medicines and care for those with pain.


Provide a review of pharmacological options and their uses for effective relief of acute or chronic pain.


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.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.