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Medication safety training and development

SA Health is committed to improving the safety and quality of medicines use to promote optimal patient outcomes through enhanced medicines management.

The Medicines and Technology Programs Branch has developed a suite of interactive online courses to support health professionals undertaking medicines management and to raise awareness of key medication safety and quality considerations and resources.The courses are aligned with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard – Standard 4: Medication Safety.

The courses are being released to staff across SA Health. Access codes can be found on the Medicines and Technology Policies and Programs intranet page. To access this page you will need to be logged in to a SA Health computer, however once the course is unlocked you can access the course from anywhere.

The courses are made up of short lessons which can be done at your own pace and don’t have to be completed in one session. You need to pass the assessment to complete the course and contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

SA Health medication safety eLearning

Introduction to High Risk Medicines

Introduction to High Risk Medicines is designed to equip staff with the knowledge and strategies to prevent errors with high risk medicines. It complies with the SA Health High Risk Medicines Management Policy Directive (PDF 493KB) and High Risk Medicines Management Policy Guideline (PDF 629KB) and is intended for all staff involved in medicines management. The learning module is free and takes about 30 minutes to complete.

High Risk Medicines: Insulin

High Risk Medicines: Insulin is designed to equip staff with knowledge of common errors with insulin and strategies to assist in their prevention. It will improve patient safety by promoting safe prescribing, dispensing and administration of insulin. The learning module is free and takes about 1 hour to complete. It does not have to be completed in one sitting.

High Risk Medicines: Anticoagulants

High Risk Medicines: Anticoagulants is designed to equip staff with knowledge of common errors with anticoagulants and strategies to assist in their prevention. The learning module is free and takes about one hour to complete. It does not have to be completed in one sitting.

Labelling for Safety – National Recommendations for user-applied labelling of injectable medicines, fluids and lines

Labelling for Safety is intended for clinical staff involved in direct patient care; in particular, for staff involved in the preparation and administration of injectable medicines in a clinical or ward area.Through an interactive and informative approach it:

  • outlines the risks of inadequate labelling of injectable medicines, fluids and lines
  • provides minimum requirements for user-applied labelling of injectable medicines
  • promotes safe use of injectable medicines.

The course is free and will take about 45 minutes to complete.

Other online courses

Online training courses are available on the following topics:

Medication charts

Course name Duration Learning methods Audience Provider
National Medication Chart 90 minutes On screen reading, interactivity, and an assessment All health professionals and students involved in medication management NPS MedicineWise
Paediatric medication chart 25 minutes On screen reading, interactivity, and an assessment Paediatric health professionals and students NPS MedicineWise

Quality use of medicines

Course name Duration Learning methods Audience Provider
Quality Use of Medicines for health professional students 2.5 hours lecture, presentation, case studies and an assessment All health professionals NPS MedicineWise
Quality Use of Medicines - why, what, how and who? 1 hour On screen reading and an assessment All health professionals NPS MedicineWise
The medicine wise practitioner 1 hour per case study Interactive case studies and an assessment Health professionals with prescribing rights NPS MedicineWise
Interprofessional education for QUM 1 hour Video scenarios with emphasis on interprofessional communication Medical, pharmacy and nursing students Australian Office for Learning and Teaching, University of Newcastle, University of Wollongong and University of Tasmania

Continuity of care

Course name Duration Learning methods Audience Provider
Clinical handover 1 hour On screen reading, interactivity, video scenarios and an assessment All health professionals SA Health
ISBAR for clinical handover 45 minutes Interactivity, video scenarios and an assessment All health professionals Health Education and Training Institute of NSW (HETI)
Effective communication 45 minutes On screen reading, interactivity and an assessment All staff HETI NSW Health

Continuity in medication management

Course name Duration Learning methods Audience Provider
Getting it right! Taking a Best Possible Medication History 20 minutes Training video All health professionals Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
An overview of continuity in medication management 1 hour On screen reading, interactivity, video scenarios and an assessment All health professionals HETI NSW Health
Medication reconciliation on admission 1 hour On screen reading, interactivity and an assessment Medical, pharmacy and nursing professionals and other prescribers HETI NSW Health
Medication reconciliation at transfer and discharge 1 hour On screen reading, interactivity and an assessment Medical, pharmacy and nursing professionals and other prescribers HETI NSW Health

Medication safety

Course name Duration Learning methods Audience Provider
Medication safety 7 modules x 30 minutes and 2 case studies x 20 minutes On screen reading, interactivity and an assessment All health professionals NPS MedicineWise
Labelling for safety 1 hour On screen reading, interactivity, video scenarios and an assessment All health professionals SA Health
Introduction to High Risk Medicines 30 minutes On screen reading, interactivity and an assessment All health professionals SA Health
High Risk Medicines: Anticoagulants 1 hour On screen reading, interactivity and assessment All health professionals SA Health
High Risk Medicines: Insulin 1 hour On screen reading, interactivity and an assessment All health professionals SA Health

 

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