Jenny Gowan
21 March 2018

Prescribing for Pain During an Opioid Crisis

Nurse Practitioners and other prescribers are now facing a challenging landscape of opioid and other analgesic dependence. When a patient presents requesting analgesia, what would you do? What resources and guidelines are available for navigating the challenging world of pain medications? Join Dr Jenny Gowan as she presents this interprofessional education to aid advanced clinicians with their prescribing choices.


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.


Feliz Bravo07 Sep 2018
Very informative. Learned a lot!

Lynn Broderick17 Aug 2018
An excellent presentation as always, Dr Gowan is a font of knowledge and keeps you engaged. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Linda McKenna08 Jul 2018
Very informative with excellent information on the gradual use of different classes of analgesia. Demonstrated the need for a wholestic approach to pain relief

jane prezma28 Jun 2018
a clear and engaging lecture, dealing with the complex issue of acute and chronic pain in the acute and chronic setting

Joanne Shedden 05 Jun 2018
Engaging speaker, interesting topics and very current given recent changes to prescribing of coedine

sheryl magno05 Jun 2018
very good and the educator was engaging

Susana Ave04 Jun 2018
Overdosing of medications either opiates or non opiates are dangerous and education for such drugs side effects is vital to all the practitioners.

Thomas Mann04 Jun 2018
Very well presented.

Princess Abigail Vero31 May 2018
Very Good and engaging

Melissa Borowski31 May 2018
excellent presentation

Danyelle Cronan31 May 2018

Gabriella stuart31 May 2018
Deepened my understanding of analgesia choices

Penny Stanley31 May 2018
great lecture

Very good.

Brenda Wilson30 May 2018
I thought this presentation is absolutely necessary for all nurses to keep up to date.

Alyson Reynolds30 May 2018
very detailed and informative

Maria-Lisa Andonela Cravo30 May 2018
Very good.

Beverley May30 May 2018
Found the discussion of alternatives to analgesics recently removed from the over the counter availability very helpful. Overall very comprehensive and informative covering an area that we know about but possibly have just started to see patients feeling the effects of no longer having what they have used for ages available. Highlights the need for effective assessment of both chronic and acute pain and identification of both.

interesting speaker providing clarity as to the current evidence basie for differing analgesics.

Rozz Parsons29 May 2018

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