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Safe Use of High-Risk Medicines: Introductory Module


Welcome to the eLearning module Safe Use of High-Risk Medicines: Introductory Module.

This course aims to raise awareness amongst frontline NSW Health clinicians regarding high-risk medicines and the strategies that have been put in place to minimise the harm potential of these medicine.

This module contains information that may be emotionally confronting for some people. If you find it raises any concerns please speak to your manager or contact Employee Assistance Program. See references for contact details.

A certificate is issued on completion.


On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • recognise which medicines are considered high-risk
  • identify the factors that cause a medicine to be considered high-risk
  • analyse factors that can make patients more susceptible to harm
  • demonstrate professional accountability for safe medication management when administering high-risk medicines
  • practice within established guidelines to minimise errors when administering high-risk medicines
  • predict situational factors that can impact on safe use of high risk medicines
  • critically appraise individual clinical situations and apply risk assessment and management principles to maximise patient safety
  • summarise the importance of reporting for improved patient safety


This module is most appropriate to all clinical staff involved in prescribing, dispensing and administering medications and may qualify for up to 0.5 hrs of Continuous Professional Development.