Good Medicine Better Health - High blood pressure
Good Medicine Better Health
Published: October 2020
These modules have been developed by NPS MedicineWise in consultation with the Good Medicine Better Health Advisory Group and the following organisations: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association (NATSIHWA), National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and the Lowitja Institute with contributions by Dr Jason Agostino and James Harris (Djinda Creative Resources).
These two modules will help you to explain to clients and community members:
- cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, including high blood pressure
- the importance of annual health checks to manage risk and prevent CVD
- how blood pressure medicines work including side -effects and potential interactions
- how lifestyle changes along with blood pressure medicines can help to reduce CVD risk.
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
Continuing professional development (CPD)
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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association has endorsed this activity with 3 CPD Hours
It is recommended that 1.5 CPD hours be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.
Upon completion of each module the learner should be able to:
Module 1 – Why and how we treat high blood pressure
- Describe cardiovascular disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, to help clients understand the link between risk factors and heart attack or stroke.
- Explain the importance of annual health checks, which include cardiovascular risk screening, to help clients understand how to manage risk.
- List different high blood pressure medicines and how they work.
Module 2 – Managing high blood pressure with medicines
- Describe side effects of high blood pressure medicines and how to manage them.
- Explain the risks of blood pressure medicines interacting with other common medicines to avoid complications.
- Discuss how lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and adherence to medicines can help to manage high blood pressure.