Corticosteroids - Appropriate Use and Prescribing

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Lecture Overview

Corticosteroids are a life-saving medication - yet this important point is often lost when people consider the side effects or stigma of taking steroids. This talk is aimed at advanced clinicians and provides a comprehensive, and detailed overview of this class of medications, the indications for use, and some handy prescribing tips to have on hand to ensure your patients receive the most benefit out of these medications.


Portrait of Jenny Gowan
Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). 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 400 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. See Educator Profile

CPD13m of CPD
First Published11 April 2017
Updated11 April 2017
13 March 2018
Medication Safety
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