Good Medicine Better Health

Good Medicine Better Health

Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and communities to improve quality use of medicines and medical tests

The Good Medicine Better Health program aims to

  • provide CPD accredited education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker and health practitioners on a range of conditions
  • build skills around the quality and safe use of medicines in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia
  • enable access to the best resources to improve community understanding of quality use of medicines
  • assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners in their career progression to help retain these roles that are essential to supporting good healthcare.

At NPS MedicineWise, we respect and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of the lands we call home. We pay respect to their Elders, past, present and emerging. To live this respect, it's vital that this program is underpinned by strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander governance. Therefore, all our modules has been developed under the guidance and advice of the Good Medicine Better Health Advisory Group.

Target audience: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners

Other audiences: This module may have relevance for all healthcare staff working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people

Cost: Free

CPD points: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and health practitioners – view details

Available courses

Asthma

This course consists of four 30-minute modules that aim to increase the confidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Health Practitioners to educate patients about their asthma, their asthma medicines and devices, and how to support a person having an asthma flare-up.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of each module the learner should be able to:

Module 1 – What is asthma?
  • Identify the common symptoms of asthma
  • List common trigger factors for asthma
  • Describe strategies to avoid certain trigger factors
Module 2 – Asthma medicines
  • Discuss the difference between relievers and preventers for the management of asthma
  • Describe how relievers and preventers work to manage asthma
  • Explain to a patient how to use preventers (e.g. use daily even when feeling well, rinse mouth after using steroid preventers, do not use to treat an asthma flare-up)
Module 3 – Asthma devices
  • List the four key steps of the preferred technique for skill demonstration
  • Explain correct asthma medicine delivery device technique to a patient according to manufacturer instructions
  • List the correct order of steps required to use a spacer
Module 4 – Asthma management
  • Describe the need for an asthma action plan
  • Identify the signs that a person is experiencing an asthma flare-up
  • Understand the initial treatment in an acute asthma flare-up and know when and how to take further action

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association has endorsed this activity with 4 CPD hours.

Endorsement period: 17/08/2020 - 17/08/2021.

It is recommended that 0.5 CPD hours be recorded for each module for the purposes of self-directed CPD.

Last modified: Monday, 17 August 2020, 11:27 AM