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1h 25m

Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

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.

22 Mar 2018

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



Good -- 16 Jun 2018
Very good lecture, informative and packed full of useful information -- 13 Jun 2018
very informative -- 06 Jun 2018
I felt the educator was informative and fantastic in providing information about medications and the effect it has on the body. -- 04 Jun 2018
Very detailed and informative -- 30 May 2018
Excellent -- 30 May 2018
Good resource. -- 30 May 2018
Excellent -- 30 May 2018
Was good to refreshed my memory and was easy to do. -- 30 May 2018
Very informative and fairly easily uunderstood for a complex matter of information -- 29 May 2018
Heavy but informative -- 29 May 2018
This video was very helpful and interesting. -- 29 May 2018
Very comprehensive -- 28 May 2018
Very informative. Thank you -- 26 May 2018
Great -- 26 May 2018
Very good presenter. -- 25 May 2018
This was very interesting if not a bit complex for an EN new grad, was happy to glean a deeper understand of how stuff works. -- 24 May 2018
excellent lesson -- 24 May 2018
Simple, Detailed information in easy and simple way. -- 23 May 2018
Very helpful -- 23 May 2018
great -- 23 May 2018
The educator spoke well very engaging and easy to listen to and absorb the education. -- 23 May 2018
Very interesting and Informative -- 21 May 2018
I found the mix of visuals helpful to understand the concepts -- 21 May 2018
Really good -- 20 May 2018
excellent -- 17 May 2018
good -- 16 May 2018
that was interesting -- 16 May 2018
good learning topic -- 15 May 2018
To be honest this education was a little bit harder to follow than most but I found that I was able to relate it to my renal nursing. -- 14 May 2018
Very interesting lecture. -- 14 May 2018
Excellent learning tool -- 12 May 2018
Really easy to understand information. -- 12 May 2018
difficult -- 11 May 2018
good -- 10 May 2018
educator engaging recommend to other health professionals -- 09 May 2018
the cpd was very helpful and informative -- 09 May 2018
Very good -- 08 May 2018
m -- 08 May 2018
Very interesting and easy to follow. -- 08 May 2018
For anyone who has ever had an issue trying to get their head around half lives, creatinine clearance measurements and other pharmacology. Very succinct delivery of important information for all health professionals. -- 08 May 2018
Easy to follow and very informative. -- 04 May 2018
I have learned a greater understanding of medications, and their interactions on the human body. -- 03 May 2018
very good -- 02 May 2018
Very informative, but better to watch if you have some background education/knowledge on the matter, -- 02 May 2018
Detailed but important information. -- 01 May 2018
I found this resource informative and enlightening. -- 29 Apr 2018
I found this learning to be a bit dry and think it needs an update and a little more knowledge to someone who is not very familiar with this subject. -- 28 Apr 2018
quite a lot of small words and calculations needed. -- 26 Apr 2018
-- 24 Apr 2018
very informative and interesting -- 24 Apr 2018
Very informative. -- 23 Apr 2018
I really enjoyed increasing my understanding of this subject. -- 23 Apr 2018
Its a very informative session -- 22 Apr 2018
it was good source to review the previous knowledge. -- 22 Apr 2018
Excellent presentation -- 21 Apr 2018
This is a reasonably boring subject for me, but I found it was explained very well & in a manner where I had some understanding of subject. -- 20 Apr 2018
I found this education very helpful and easy to understand. -- 20 Apr 2018
Excellent resource for all nurses and health professionals who may need to answer questions relating to medicines. -- 19 Apr 2018
Excellent work -- 19 Apr 2018
This is one of the best videos I have watched on AusMed. I enjoyed every minute of it. -- 18 Apr 2018
very informative! -- 18 Apr 2018
I enjoyed the use of animation to explain the effects of medicine on the body -- 17 Apr 2018
Very relevant and interesting. -- 17 Apr 2018
A great course which has increased my understanding of medicines and how the body deals with them and the impact it has when assessing the patients response to medication -- 17 Apr 2018
Clear and concise with plenty of visual graphics that enhanced learning. -- 16 Apr 2018
Very informative -- 15 Apr 2018
Very helpful and useful resources. -- 12 Apr 2018
Excellent -- 11 Apr 2018
good -- 11 Apr 2018
Very useful education video. -- 10 Apr 2018
GREAT VIDEO -- 10 Apr 2018
The CPD activity is very educational and relevant to me a student nurse and I would recommend this E-learning to all health professionals. -- 09 Apr 2018
This online video course was so informative and was easy to comprehend, that it has enabled to feel more informed on the effects of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. -- 09 Apr 2018
Good, clear tutorial. -- 07 Apr 2018
Good review and well presented. -- 06 Apr 2018
Very informative. -- 06 Apr 2018
This made for an interesting CPD. Speaker was very informed on the topic and delivered information clearly and precise. -- 05 Apr 2018
helpful -- 04 Apr 2018
A great learning lecture that I recommend to everyone. -- 02 Apr 2018
I gained a better understanding of how drugs work in the body and how the works with drugs. -- 31 Mar 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed this content. It has improved my understanding by delivering the subject in a non-flowery manner. -- 31 Mar 2018
Excellent...very interactive -- 30 Mar 2018
An excellent resource for health professionals. -- 30 Mar 2018
Very interesting information, it built on my existing knowlege and gave me more information on which to make informed decisions. -- 30 Mar 2018
Learning these topics it brings safer and more effective therapeutic management of drugs in an individual patient -- 28 Mar 2018
I strongly advise all RNs to review this resource to provide a greater understanding of medicines. -- 28 Mar 2018
Easy to understand, enjoyed it! -- 27 Mar 2018
Well explained and clear. A good refresher and well worth doing -- 27 Mar 2018
Amazing session, very informative! -- 27 Mar 2018
Very valuable information. -- 27 Mar 2018
Informative -- 26 Mar 2018
This was a very informative talk. I really enjoyed the way it was presented. -- 04 Dec 2017

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • An overview of pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD)
  • The ADE (absorption, distribution and excretion) curve and the implications of the therapeutic range
  • A definition of bioavailability and its effects on medicine quality, brand substitution and the use of generic medications
  • How therapeutic medicine monitoring is used, how protein binding influences distribution, and how hepatic metabolic elimination and reabsorption occur
  • Methods of medicine elimination, including renal elimination, and factors that affect elimination and reabsorption
  • Multiple dose regimes, making reference to the definitions of peak and trough levels, loading dose and steady state
  • Pharmacogenomics (personalised medicine) and genetic variability in response to medicines
  • Pharmacokinetic medicine-medicine interactions

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, particularly RNs, medication-endorsed ENs and Nurse Practitioners working in a variety of specialities.


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.

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.