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April 2020

The below online CPD modules from the current edition of Australian Pharmacist are available free for PSA members.

Restless legs syndrome

November 2020 – Chronic disease management 1

Restless legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterised by an urge to move the legs in response to unpleasant sensations, which can severely impact a patient’s quality of life. Pharmacists are well placed to assist with management of this condition, provide information on pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies and monitor for potential adverse effects of medication.

Vertigo and ménière’s disease

November 2020 – Chronic disease management 2

Vertigo is the sensation of motion and the individual usually feels like they are spinning or their surroundings (rotatory motion), but sometimes feels like falling (linear motion). Ménière’s disease is an inner ear condition characterised by spontaneous episodes of vertigo with hearing loss, tinnitus and a sensation of pressure or discomfort in the affected ear. This article details how pharmacists can contribute to the management of vertigo by reviewing the patient’s medicines and assessing their symptoms.

Background and management of hypothyroidism

November 2020 – Chronic disease management 3

Hypothyroidism is a chronic endocrine disorder. It can occur as a result of the underproduction, and subsequent reduction, in the circulating thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). His article aims to educate pharmacists about the pathophysiology and management of hypothyroidism, highlighting the role of the pharmacist.

Acute otitis externa

November 2020 – Over the counter

Acute otitis externa (AOE), most commonly known as ‘swimmer’s ear’, refers to inflammation of the outer ear canal. Cases of acute otitis externa are usually mild and resolve on their own or with topical preparations. However in rare instances, systemic treatments may be required. AOE is a common cause of ear pain. Pharmacists are well placed to provide advice on preventative strategies, pain management, education on the use of ear drops and refer when required.

Past journals

PSA members can view articles and submit answers to assessment questions from Australian Pharmacist CPD from the previous 24 months by clicking the links below.

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