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Helping pharmacists identify principles and pathways for pain management

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December 1, 2017


The fourth online module of an education package to support the pharmacy profession through the upcoming codeine scheduling changes has been released by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

Pain is complicated and subjective, and is experienced by a large number of Australians. In 2007-08, 67% of Australians 15 years of age and older reported experiencing bodily pain in the past four weeks.1 Timely and effective management of acute pain minimises the risk of a patient developing distress and disability associated with pain.2

With the upcoming changes to scheduling of combination medicines containing codeine, many patients will have to change how they manage their pain. Pharmacists are positioned well to respond to and help manage acute pain presentations in pharmacy.

Effective management of pain in a pharmacy setting consists of more than recommending pain relief. Pharmacists must assess pain, clarify if referral is required and ensure that patients are supported in seeking further assistance if their pain persists.

As part of the education package to support the profession through these changes, the Guild and PSA have developed an online module titled Codeine rescheduling: Principles of pain management/Pain management in practice.

The new two-part module provides a practical look at how to manage pain in the pharmacy, including an easy-to-use workflow to guide pharmacists through the process of responding to patients with pain. A companion module provides an examination of key presentations of pain seen in pharmacy, and includes interactive examples for pharmacists to test their learning.

Each activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credit), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

To enrol in this course please visit www.psa.org.au/codeine/education or www.myCPD.org.au

For more information, contact either PSA on 1300 269 772 or email education@psa.org.au or Guild Learning and Development on 03 9810 9930 or email learninganddevelopment@guild.org.au

1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Characteristics of bodily pain in Australia. 2012. At: www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4841.0Chapter12011
2. Analgesic expert group. Mechanisms and precipitants in the transition to chronic pain. eTG complete [online]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2017.


Media enquiries:
The Guild: Greg Turnbull 0412 910 261
PSA: Brad Watts 0487 922 176

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