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Helping pharmacists communicate with patients on pain

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December 21, 2017


The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) have released the final module to assist pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in preparing for the rescheduling of codeine.

Called ‘Codeine rescheduling: Communication in pain management’, this module will explore principles of communicating with patients regarding pain management and medicines misuse.

Funded by the Australian Government, the training modules encompass a full suite of support and advice available to pharmacists and their staff nationally. They form part of the overall package of materials available from the Guild and PSA designed to support the community pharmacy sector to transition to the upscheduling of codeine on 1 February 2018.

Both organisations are committed to ensuring that rigorous, safe and patient-focused solutions are in place to enable this change, which will affect an estimated one million patients in 2018.

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said through these modules – developed collaboratively by both organisations – pharmacists and pharmacy staff are now better equipped to deal with the changes to codeine in community pharmacies.

“Community pharmacists and their staff are better positioned to act as advisors and advocates for pain management. They can inform patients on the principles of pain, and work within a multi-disciplinary team to optimise both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments,” Dr Jackson said.

The National President of the Guild George Tambassis acknowledged the value of the partnership and outcomes.

“The Guild is proud of the work we’ve done with PSA to develop this training for community pharmacy. We know the training will really benefit pharmacy to help prepare for the change to the scheduling of codeine on 1 February. I’d like to acknowledge the support of the Federal Minister for Health in recognising the need for this project, and supporting it financially,” Mr Tambassis said.

The Guild and PSA thank the Government for providing funding for these training and support materials.

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 the module for pharmacists please visit or

The module for pharmacy assistants will be open for enrolments early next year.

For more information, contact either PSA on 1300 269 772 or email or Guild Learning and Development on 03 9810 9930 or email


Media enquiries:

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

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