CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)97
Publish Date22 March 2018
Review Date14 December 2019
Expiry Date22 March 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course reviews pharmacokinetic concepts related to how medicines act on the human body, as well as pharmacokinetic concepts that explore how the human body acts on medicines.

Topics include:

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

Target audience

All healthcare professionals would benefit from undertaking this Course.


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.


Pharmacological therapy and medication administration is fundamental in professional nursing practice. It involves a strong patient and ethical focus, as well as ongoing education in order to have a positive impact on patient outcomes.

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 nurses continue to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and methods of medicine absorption, distribution and elimination in their patient care.

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


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.


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Louis Roller

Associate Professor Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for over 50 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, particularly the Antibiotic Guidelines. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, particularly antibiotics, as well as giving many talks to the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. As at the end of April, he had delivered 42 talks to U3A Stonnington and an equivalent number to other U3A groups. With Dr Jenny Gowan, over the last 20 years, he has written articles on disease state management in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy. 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.

CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)97
Publish Date22 March 2018
Review Date14 December 2019
Expiry Date22 March 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Medication Safety
Genomic Medicine

Further Learning

Learner Reviews


97 Total Rating(s)

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Gregory Turner
13 Feb 2019

A complex , yet interesting on line course. Well presented .

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John Seaman
03 Feb 2019

An essential module for understanding the body's metabolic processes in relation to medication and the effects of medication in relation to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

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Emily Zelesski
31 Jan 2019


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Beau Summer
26 Dec 2018

A useful review of terms and concepts. My interest is prehospital healthcare though and I did not find much relevant learning here. There were many equations that I will never use, let alone remember.

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Emily Shrapnel
19 Dec 2018

Great course, very informative and easy to follow. This course would benefit all nurses to enable them to have a better understanding of medications and the effect they could have on their patients.

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Bhubinderjit Kaur Uttam Singh
10 Dec 2018

Excellent topic.

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Emma Bywater
01 Dec 2018

Detailed, brief, useful

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Linley Holes
19 Nov 2018

This is a good refresher on Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacodynamics.

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Debbie Mitschuinig
16 Nov 2018

Excellent source of material to improve knowledge of medications, how they work, monitor plasma levels and timing of medications to maintain patient safety and care.

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Nardia Miller
14 Nov 2018

Great refresher