Pharmacology Study Day Series 5

Date: 9 October 2017

Time: 9.00 am to 3.30 pm

Venue: Education Resource Centre, Ballarat Base Hospital

Cost: $120.00

RSVP: 25/9/17

Registration fee is transferable but non-refundable

This study day addresses the fundamental pharmacological principles of medication management in palliative care for nurses (RN & EEN). It complements the Pharmacology Study Days conducted previously by the GRPCT however addresses different symptoms and issues facing palliative patients. With a greater appreciation of the action of drugs on body processes, participants will be able to determine the therapeutic, adverse effects, contraindications and precautions of medications for use in the palliative care setting.  This focus will ensure that participants develop learning skills that will enable them to assess patients’ needs for specific medications, administer medications, monitor responses to medications and evaluate outcomes in their practice setting.

The pharmacology study day covers the basic principles of drug action and focuses on receptor sites that mediate drug action and the physiological and biochemical mechanisms associated with the response to a drug. Actions of common therapeutic agents used in palliative care will be discussed in detail, including management of pain, anti-emetics and anti-inflammatory agents.


On completion of this study day participants will be able to:

  • Use problem solving skills in understanding the effects of drugs on body processes
  • Use appropriate problem solving abilities in understanding the therapeutic and adverse effects, contraindications and precautions for medications
  • Apply knowledge gained to determine conversion rates from oral administration to parenteral administration of drugs
  • Gain an understanding of medication competencies in the palliative care setting.
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