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Providing Medicines Information and the Quality Use of Medicines

1h 25m of CPD
Jenny Gowan
04 Oct 2015

This Course will provide knowledge on medicines and how to find and utilise the most up-to-date information.


Define the criteria and use of the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM)


List credible sources of information about medicines


Identify strategies for providing medicines information to patients


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.


Maria Nothling01 Aug 2018
well presented

Roselea Dinnell25 Jul 2018
Educator was very good at explaining

Soso Polau05 Jul 2018
Great learning activity, lots of resources for future reference.

Avelina Go Chow11 Jun 2018
Relevant VLA

Annette richards17 May 2018
Very useful refresher on medication safety. Excellent resource information provided throughout the topic.

Cal Tudor16 May 2018
Would have liked more learning about individual medications.

Pooja Saini02 May 2018

Frances Browne27 Apr 2018
very helpful and informative.

suzanne roslyn mason12 Apr 2018
Good presentation

Cindy Barkhuizen10 Apr 2018

Michele Selby17 Mar 2018

Belinda Harris30 Dec 2017
interesting very dry and information overload.

Norest Mashonganyika24 Dec 2017
well presented

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Overview of medicine regulation in Australia
  • Easily accessible and reliable sources of information about medicines
  • Barriers to patient education and medicine compliance and the best way to convey information

Target audience

Health professionals who routinely administer medicines.


Provide health professionals with a general update on credible sources of medicine information and the quality use of medicines.


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has identified improving the safety and quality of medication in Australia as one of its key priorities. Constant changes are made to medication standards, recommendations, guidelines, and to the availability of new products and advancement in research and product development. It is essential that nurses keep up-to-date with these changes and understand how medicines are regulated and how the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) can be used to improve patient outcomes. It is equally important that nurses and midwives can identify high quality sources of drug information to ensure that the most appropriate medications are administered.

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.