This subject explores the issues relating to the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) in older people. The topic provides an overview of Australia's National Medicines Policy and explores some of the primary supports in place to action this policy: the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Australian Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting System.
Students will be able to:
This topic aims to:
Students will examine the physiology of ageing, adverse drug events and medication safety through the lens of polypharmacy. There will be a need to at least consider complementary and alternative medicines too and develop some understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and the Australian drug regulatory system.
Students will be able to see the value of medications to our contemporary society and be better prepared to be part of a system striving to improve its outcomes.