1h 25m
Jenny Gowan
04 Oct 2015

Providing Medicines Information and the Quality Use of Medicines

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



05 Jul 2018
Great learning activity, lots of resources for future reference.
11 Jun 2018
Relevant VLA
17 May 2018
Very useful refresher on medication safety. Excellent resource information provided throughout the topic.
16 May 2018
Would have liked more learning about individual medications.
02 May 2018
27 Apr 2018
very helpful and informative.
12 Apr 2018
Good presentation
10 Apr 2018
17 Mar 2018
30 Dec 2017
interesting very dry and information overload.
24 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.