Who should attend
Remote Area Nurses (RANs) or Registered Nurses who work in or are planning to work in remote and isolated practice.
About the Course
Nurses are recognised as forming the backbone of primary health care in remote areas providing a rapidly growing volume of services, especially in relation to chronic disease management.
RANs practise at an advanced level often with limited or distant medical support and are required to possess a broad knowledge base in relation to disease management, including the administration, monitoring, supply and storage of medications.
Dealing with medications is a tricky and complex exercise. This course will assist participants to develop the knowledge and skills in the use of medications, the risks associated with them, and strategies to increase the benefits and minimise the risks of treatments. It is based on the principles of Quality Use of Medicines and collaborative practice. The course will take the participant on a journey from legislation, remote context and principles of good prescribing practice, to pharmacological principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics into the practical use of medicines in the management of clinical conditions.
The course covers conditions, both chronic and acute, that are common to remote practice and challenges participants to think beyond the general scope of nursing. A practical approach to disease management is promoted, underpinned by principles of drug therapy, such as adverse reactions, drug interactions, pharmacology, medication adherence and professional and legislative issues.
At the end of this course participants will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of state and territory legislation and health service policies governing the possession, administration and supply of medications in remote and isolated areas
- Select, supply and administer appropriate medication under scheduled treatment protocols integrating comprehensive assessment and best practice guidelines
- Apply clinical reasoning skills to identify factors that impact on selecting, monitoring and individualising treatment
- Describe the principles of pharmacology; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and how these principles relate to the treatment of individual patients
- Access up-to-date evidence, best practice guidelines and recommended evidence based reference material for drug therapies
- Engage in effective communication in a culturally respectful manner, with patients, carers and other health providers, to ensure optimum health outcomes relating to medicines management by the registered nurse
- Implement strategies that maximise treatment adherence and therapeutic relationships
- Demonstrate professional and ethical practice in the possession, administration and supply of scheduled medicines
The online course comprises 8 online modules and is designed to be completed over a 9 week period.
Associated with the online modules are activities to provide practical application of medicine management concepts and principles, including clinical scenarios, personal reflection, online tutorials, and multiple choice quizzes. Recommended resources, references and clinical guidelines will be referred to throughout the modules and weblinks to these will be made available.
- Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses will be offered 3 times a year
- You can register at any stage, however you will only gain access to the online course on the next course commencement date
- If you do not register by the last date for registration, your registration will be for the next course
Course Commencement Dates
16th January 2017 (last date for registration 19th January 2017)
10th April 2017 (last date for registration 13th April 2017)
4th September 2017 (last date for registration 7th September 2017)
Registration and Documentation
Proceed to Registration
Two Day Workshop
The face-to-face workshop comprises a two day intensive workshop with associated written assessment. Guest presenters, including experienced RANs, specialist medical physicians and specialist pharmacists, provide up-to-date knowledge, expert opinion and practical solutions to challenges that patients and RANs may face in the remote setting.
Course Dates for 2017
Alice Springs - NT
Monday 3rd April - Tuesday 4th April 2017 course cancelled