Quality Use of Medicines in Practice (NURS5077)
UNIT OF STUDY
With reference to one of the central objectives of Australia's National Medicines Policy, the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM), students will focus on developing skills related to selecting management options wisely considering the risk and benefit to the consumer, choosing suitable medicines if a medicine is considered necessary and using medicines safely and effectively. Students will explore the regulatory framework associated with medication management and focus on clinical pharmacological therapies relevant to their specialist area of practice as an advanced practitioner.
Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) is one of the central objectives of Australia's National Medicines Policy and serves as a conceptual and practice framework for this unit of study.
Quality Use of Medicines is defined as:
- considering and selecting the best management options for each individual wisely by considering both non-drug and drug options
- choosing suitable medicines if a medicine is considered necessary so that the best available option is selected by taking into account the individual, the clinical condition, the risks and benefits, dosage and length of treatment required, any co-existing conditions, other therapies the individual may be taking, monitoring considerations, costs for the individual, the community and the health system as a whole, and
- ensuring medicines are used safely and effectively to get the best possible results by monitoring outcomes, minimising misuse, over-use and under-use and improving people's ability to solve problems related to medication.
Further unit of study information
distance education/intensive on campus, up to 4 study days
online modules and case study activities (50%) and assignment (50%) and satisfactory clinical performance
Faculty/department permission required?
Unit of study rules
Prerequisites and assumed knowledge
Study this unit outside a degree
If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.
If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.