ATSI Medicines Workshop
Centre for Remote Health

Who should attend
This workshop is designed for health professionals involved in provision of medicines to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners, doctors, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, midwives).

Health Worker and RPHCM

About this workshop
This workshop will assist clinicians involved in the provision of medications to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure the appropriate, safe and effective use of medicines. Medications are crucial to the effective management of many health conditions. The workshop will cover access to medicines, communication considerations and adherence to therapies incorporating interactive activities to provide clinicians with strategies and resources to enhance quality use of medicines in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The presenters include a public health physician, academic, and researcher with 27 years experience working for the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, Indigenous Australian Academic and a remote pharmacist with extensive experience and knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and communication.

All participants will receive a culturally appropriate medicines counselling resource developed to assist in the discussion of medicines with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The workshop was initially conducted as a James Cook University Generalist Medical Training masterclass.

Attendees may self-reported 3 hours of Group 2 Continuing Professional Development.


Learning Outcomes
On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the systems designed to increase access to medicines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including Section 100, CTG scripts (PBS copayment measure) and QUMax
  2. Communicate treatment plans effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  3. Implement strategies to enhance adherence to therapy
 Time  Topic  Presenter
 08:30am  Registration  
 09:00am  Welcome   
 09:10am  Access to medicines
  • Section 100
  • CTG prescriptions (PBS co-payment measure)
  • QUMax
 Tobias Speare
 10:00am  Communication considerations
  • Barriers to communication
 Kathleen Martin
 10:30am  Morning Tea  
 11:00am  Communication considerations cont.
  • Strategies to improve communication
 Kathleen Martin
 11:30am  Adherence to therapy  Sophia Couzos
 12:20pm  Conclusion  


Location Pre-Conference Event, 15th National Rural Health Conference
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Costs $220 includes morning tea and medicines counselling resource
Date Sunday 24 March 2019
  • Sophie Couzos, Associate Professor, Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, James Cook University
  • Kathleen Martin Indigenous Academic, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University
  • Tobias Speare , Pharmacy Academic, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University
Registration  Download Registration Form
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