Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Medication safety course overcomes the "tyranny of distance"

Monash Rural Health pharmacy lecturer Hanan Khalil has developed a new online teaching tool which overcomes the tyranny of distance. Senior lecturer at the Monash University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) in Moe, Ms Khalil has developed the program for teaching medication safety to allied health professionals.

Hanan Khalil is teaching medication safety to regional and rural allied health professionals who can't get to lectures. 

The impetus for the project came when Ms Khalil worked with Latrobe Community Health last year, educating community health nurses around medication management in a community setting.

“I recognised a need for this training to be accessible to people in rural and remote areas who find it hard to attend lectures and also to provide training that could be done at their leisure,” she said.

In conjunction with an e-learning designer from Monash University in Clayton, Ms Khalil developed the online teaching module.

“Obviously the module doesn’t cover everything however from the Latrobe Community Health partnership, I gained an insight into the most important aspects needed,” she said. “I demonstrated it to a local GP who was very excited about it.”

Ms Khalil will use the new teaching tool when she delivers the medication training to LCH nurses later this month. She will be conducting face-to-face sessions but the new program will allow those not onsite to join the training.

She also lectures in pharmacy to local Monash medical students and provides advisory, mentoring and developmental support to pharmacy students, and pharmacists practising in the Monash UDRH areas in collaboration with Melbourne University. She also spends time with local pharmacy preceptors who take students on placement.

Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Management, Ms Khalil has undertaken research into medication management, chronic diseases and evidence based health care across rural health settings. These include settings as diverse as aged care, hospitals and community health centres.

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