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CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)233
Updated25 February 2019
Expires 22 April 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.

  • 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 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.


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.

Target Audience

All 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.


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Louis Roller

Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for 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 of 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 writes articles on disease state management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well as 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 include singing in a choir, visiting schools about bullying (Courage to Care), and giving talks to U3A groups and appropriate aged-care accommodation groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics. See Educator Profile

CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)233
Updated25 February 2019
Expires 22 April 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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Learner Reviews

233 Total Rating(s)
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Caitlyn Wecker
05 Apr 2020

Excellent explanation of the concepts related to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics.

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Mark Villani
04 Apr 2020

It was great information but the gentleman mumbled at times which made it slightly awkward to understand

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Heather Blackhall
02 Apr 2020

This is a great presentation. Some of the concepts were a little complex, but it was well-explained in terms I easily understood and so I found the presentation both interesting and challenging.

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Huy Do
29 Mar 2020

Interesting topic.

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Bradley Robert Spicer
20 Mar 2020

Very informative!

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Brittany Kreis
18 Mar 2020

Great and easy to follow.

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Justine collins
10 Mar 2020

Really interesting VLA. Presenter was very interesting. Overall very useful activity

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Joseph Mapuor
09 Mar 2020

Good presentation and material. However, the present could have spent more time explaining new concepts or medicines.

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Rhonda gale
06 Mar 2020

Very informative, and reinforces current knowledge.

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Kathryn Jayne Gumbleton
05 Mar 2020

This is a good refresher for pharmacokinetics