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Activity description

75558 - Avant webinar: Prescribing perils - Opioids, polypharmacy and medication errors

Avant Insurance Limited

Dr Walid Jammal, Senior Risk Advisor at Avant will be joined by other panelists to discuss issues surrounding prescribing, opioid/ benzodiazepine abuse, polypharmacy and medication error and their impact for Australian medical practitioners

Relevance to General Practice

There are many topical subjects surrounding the prescribing practices of Australian doctors. One example of this reported recently in the press is that more people are dying from abusing prescription drugs, which are being misused at historic rates and increasingly for recreational purposes. These drugs are often being accessed through ‘Dr Shopping’ type practices with patients visiting multiple medical practitioners. Another issue is the dangers of polypharmacy, associated with the prescription of too many or unnecessary medicines. These two examples highlight the clarification needed to ensure practitioners and patients are aware of the issues, their rights and responsibilities.

Learning outcomes

  1. Outline the techniques to minimise the risk to patient safety with schedule 8 & 4 prescriptions
  2. Discuss the clinical and legal issues of polypharmacy
  3. Provide an overview of current strategies to minimise the risk of prescription errors.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Rational prescribing and medication monitoring is undertaken

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • Effective leadership improves outcomes for patients

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are effectively shared with others

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Care of older people
  • Children and young people health
  • Custodial health
  • Doctor's health
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Men's health
  • Pregnancy care
  • Refugee and asylum seeker health
  • Residential care
  • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
  • Women's health

Session summary


Sunday 1 Jan 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 5:00pm

This activity is readily available at any time








Only available to members

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Ruth Crampton
T: 03 9026 5969