This course is free for qualified workplaces
This e-learning course promotes the safe management of opioid analgesics, a commonly used group of high risk medicines.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
This course is intended for all healthcare staff involved in the management of high risk medicines, specifically opioid analgesics.
The course is designed to take around an hour to complete.
On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.
This course aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standards 1, 2, 4 & 6.
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The content is provided in good faith by the Commission for information purposes. It is not a substitute for, and is not intended to replace, any specific policies, guidelines or requirements for your local health network or health service.
The Commission does not accept any legal liability or responsibility for any injury, loss or damage incurred by the use of, or reliance on, this information.
The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards
National Tall Man Lettering List
Recommendations for terminology, abbreviations and symbols used in medicines documentation.
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
ANZCA, Faculty of Pain Medicine
The resources page includes clinical resources and tools, eLearning and consumer facing resources.
Opioid analgesics in chronic non-cancer pain, eLearning
Analgesia for low back pain, eLearning
Information about opioids and chronic non-cancer pain
Australian Government, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)Prescription opioids: Information for health professionals. Oct 2020
Clinician information sheet on opioid analgesic tapering: summary. Oct 2020.
Australian Government, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)Revised opioids PBS listings. June 2020.
Government of South Australia
Clinical Guideline for Prescribing Opioids on Discharge. October 2020.
Information for paediatric patients, and their carers, given opioids for short-term treatment of acute pain.
SA Health Information for patients given oxycodone for short-term treatment of acute pain.