Good Medicine Better Health - Quality use of medicines (QUM) foundation
Good Medicine Better Health
Published: June 2021
Quality use of medicines (QUM) foundation
This course consists
of two 30-minute modules that aim to increase knowledge about the quality use
of medicines (QUM) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and
Health Practitioners and community members. Participants will gain an
understanding about why QUM is important and how to practice QUM in clinics and
community settings. The modules include information about medicines and how to
read medicine labels, the safe use of medicines, identifying potential
side-effects and interactions, safe storage and disposal of unused medicines.
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).
This learning activity aims to increase knowledge about the quality use of medicines (QUM), and to share that knowledge with community members.
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 - QUM principles
- Describe how quality use of medicines (QUM) promotes good health and raises awareness, knowledge and skills of consumers and the community.
- Explain what the active ingredient of a medicine is and where to find the active ingredient on medicine labels and packaging.
- Describe situations where medicines might be contraindicated.
- List common medicine side effects and explain to clients the signs and symptoms to look out for.
Module 2 - Putting QUM into action
- Describe how to improve the safe use of medicines.
- Explain the different parts of medicine labels for prescription-only medicines and pharmacy medicines.
- Describe how best to store medicines, including when travelling.
- Explain what to do with unwanted, unused or out-of-date medicines.