Psychotropic Medicines

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What you will learn

This eLearning module promotes the safe management of psychotropic medicines, a commonly used group of high risk medicines.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • define psychotropic medicines and the main classes of medicines within the group
  • explain why psychotropic medicines are considered high risk medicines
  • understand the indications for using psychotropic medicines and identify circumstances where they may not be appropriate
  • appreciate the need for informed consent when using psychotropic medicines
  • practice the safe use of psychotropic medicines
  • consider strategies to reduce the inappropriate usage of psychotropic medicines.

Target Audience

This module is intended for all healthcare staff involved in the management of high risk medicines, specifically psychotropic medicines.


The module is designed to take around 30 minutes to complete.


On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.


This module aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standards 1, 2, 4 & 6.

Clinical Governance Standard: Ticked Partnering with Consumers Standard: Ticked Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard Medication Safety Standard: Ticked Comprehensive Care Standard: Ticked Communication for Safety Standard: Ticked Blood Management Standard Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard


This module content was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and is protected by copyright under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike (BY-NC-ND) 4.0 International License.

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.

Course release dates

August 2022 First released.


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