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Patient focused clinical overview of pain module released

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3 November 2017


The second 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 represents a significant economic and health burden for Australians, with 20 per cent of Australians suffering chronic pain but less than 10 per cent of people with chronic non-cancer pain having access to effective care.1

The lack of effective treatment leads many people suffering from chronic pain to also experience social and mental health issues as a result of their pain.

Some 33 per cent of Australian adults with severe or very severe pain also report high or very high levels of psychological distress.1

However, the change in scheduling of combination medicines containing codeine from 1 February 2018 represents a significant change in pain management strategies used by many patients.

With the change in scheduling, it is important that pharmacists are well informed on the clinical aspects of pain management in order to address their patients’ needs.

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: A patient focused clinical overview of pain.

The new module provides an overview of the pathophysiology of pain, the different ways in which it can be experienced, and the role of the pharmacist in managing pain.

This activity has been accredited for 1.5 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1.5 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 3 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 369 772 or email education@psa.org.au or the Guild on (03) 9810 9930 or email learninganddevelopment@guild.org.au

1. Painful facts [Internet]. Pain Australia. 2017 [cited 2017 Jul 25]. Available from: http://www.painaustralia.org.au/about-pain/painful-facts


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

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