University of Technology Sydney

98727 Quality and Safety in Medicines

6cp; 4 x 7hrs (workshop), weekly independent study and participation in activities (online)



Safe and rational medicine management and prescribing requires an understanding of the processes contributing to medicine use, as well as acquiring the essential skills and attitudes required for good prescribing. This subject focuses on the skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and abilities that underpin competent and capable medicine management for prescribers and non-prescribers. The principles, aims and goals of the National Medicines Policy and National Strategy for Quality Use of Medicines are explored and discussed. Students have the opportunity to reflect and analyse how these principles influence their practice in accordance to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) standards for practice. Using a clinical decision-making framework, students apply the principles of the World Health Organisation's Guide to Good Prescribing, learning how to select between different medicines on the basis of comparative efficacy, safety, cost and suitability in order to prescribe from a defined scope of practice.

This subject highlights the importance of ensuring that consumers are central to all processes. Students explore the use of teaching and learning strategies to promote patient understanding of their medicines and consider the difficulty of adherence to treatment. Commonwealth and State laws pertaining to the control of medicines are also considered.

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Autumn session, City campus

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