•   7.5hrs
  •   Public
  •   Version: 2.1
  •   Review due: November 2019

This course enables community pharmacists to understand the supply, safe handling, adverse effects, supportive therapies and potential issues surrounding oral anticancer treatments.


About

This education series provides practical learning activities and addresses issues encountered in the community pharmacy setting.


Modules

The aim of this module is to educate the community pharmacist on the principles of treating cancer with an emphasis on oral anticancer medicines. Through increased knowledge and awareness of the principles of oral anticancer medicines the community pharmacist will be better equipped to engage and assist cancer patients in the management of medication and treatment related queries.

Assessment title
  eLearning guide
  eQuiz

The aim of this module is to educate the community pharmacist on the principles and processes for checking a prescription for oral anticancer medicines. Through increased knowledge and awareness of the protocols available for specific cancers and the adherence to a verification process for checking a prescription the community pharmacist will be better equipped to engage and assist cancer patients in the management of oral anticancer medication and treatment related queries.

Assessment title
  eLearning guide
  eQuiz

The aim of this module is to educate the community pharmacist on the risks and precautions required when handling oral anticancer medicines and related waste. The module also aims to educate the community pharmacist on the subsequent advice for patients and carers. Through increased knowledge and awareness of the handling requirements of oral anticancer medicines the community pharmacist will be better equipped to prevent occupational exposure and will also be able to engage and assist cancer patients and carers in the management of medication.

Assessment title
  eLearning guide
  eQuiz

The aim of this module is to educate the community pharmacist on the common drug interactions to consider when dispensing oral anticancer medicines. Through increased knowledge and awareness of drug interactions with oral anticancer medicines the community pharmacist will be better equipped to engage and assist cancer patients in the management of medication and treatment related queries.

Assessment title
  eLearning guide
  eQuiz

The aim of this module is to educate the community pharmacist on the common adverse effects and toxicities associated with oral anticancer medicines. Through increased knowledge and awareness of the principles of oral anticancer medicines the community pharmacist will be better equipped to engage and assist cancer patients in the management of medication and treatment related queries.

Assessment title
  eLearning guide
  eQuiz

The aim of this module is to educate the community pharmacist on the steps involved in providing education to patients and/or carers taking oral anticancer medicines. This module brings together many of the principles of cancer medicines in a practical step by step format with a working example. Through increased knowledge and awareness of the education principles of oral anticancer medicines the community pharmacist will be better equipped to engage and assist cancer patients in the management of medication and treatment related queries.

This module contains audio. You will require Google Chrome to hear the audio.

Assessment title
  eLearning guide
  eQuiz

Additional Information


Accreditation number: CX17124–9 
This activity has been accredited for 6 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 6 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan which can be converted to 6 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 12 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

This online learning module has been developed with the collaboration of our external partners including but not limited to:

  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • The Australian College of Pharmacy
  • The Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group
  • The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

A brief summary of some of the information contained in these learning activities can be found in the following documents:

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What you will achieve

  • Explain the complexities in interpreting anticancer medicine prescriptions and treatment protocols 
  • Apply knowledge of oral anticancer therapy when reviewing a prescription and a treatment protocol
  • Discuss the expanding role of community pharmacists in managing patients receiving oral anticancer medicines
  • List common medication errors to reduce the risk of future medication errors occurring
  • Explain the common side effects, interactions and toxicities associated with oral anticancer medicines
  • Apply education principles when providing counselling to patients receiving anticancer medicines, or their carers, on managing side effects and treatment adherence 
  • List potential hazards associated with the handling of anticancer medicines and related waste, including dose administration aids, spills management and patient counselling

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for community pharmacists.

 

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