HPS Pharmacies’ lecture series is an integral part of the professional services provided to our clients facilities, and can be made available on request to the wider healthcare community. HPS’ lecture series program offers in-service educational programs covering topics such as new medicines, side-effects, adverse reactions to medicines and other relevant issues. The program assists in keeping nursing and medical staff abreast of current trends in pharmaceutical care. This annual program offers a minimum of twelve lectures, with at least one released at the beginning of every month and additional lectures throughout the year.

The topics are selected based on feedback received from clients, and integrated with a needs analysis conducted by the visiting clinical pharmacists. The lectures are written by one of HPS’ pharmacists with specialist knowledge on the topic. The completed lecture, along with further reading, is made available to all HPS pharmacists to present to their clients.

Your visiting HPS pharmacist can assist in tailoring a lecture program suitable for your facility; including lectures which may be required on a particular topic not covered by the current program. Attending staff are provided with handouts that include a self-assessment tool to assist their learning process, and may be used to contribute toward their ‘Continuing Professional Education’ (CPE).

Each lecture can also be adapted to suit any audience or group size. HPS offers a range of presentation styles from a brief presentation to an in-depth discussion for staff, and can adapt material for participants who may not have a medical background.

Each edition of HPS’ quarterly publication Newsline includes a Hospital Lecture Series summary article from the current program. These articles, such as Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australian Hospitals from the 2014 series, can be found in the Lecture Series section of HPS’ Knowledge Centre.

For further information regarding HPS’ comprehensive lecture series please speak to your visiting HPS Pharmacist, or contact the Regional Operations Manager in your state.

The diverse schedule for the 2015 HPS Lecture Series seen below can be downloaded, along with a full list of alternative topics, via this link.

HPS Lecture Series Program 2015

Available From Topic Summary
1st January Medications and the Liver
1st February Basal Bolus Insulin or Sliding Scale Insulin? What’s the Big Deal?
1st March IV Administration of Medications
1st April Smoking Cessation and the Use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy
1st May Prevention and Treatment of Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) pneumonia
1st June Medication Treatments for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
1st July The Role of Phosphate Binders in Renal Failure
1st August NSQHS Standard 4 – Medication Safety: Use of the Medication Management Plan
1st September Drug Treatment for Prostate Cancer and Disorders
1st October Drugs With Multiple Indications
1st November Applying Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia
1st December The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme: What Makes a Valid Prescription?