What you get by completing this session

  • 35 mins of CPD

    A 25 minute video lecture with presentation slides, you can stop and start anytime you like. 10 minute quiz is included.

  • Certificate of Completion

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What you'll learn in this expert session

Paracetamol is one of the most frequently recommended medications and yet dosage is often incorrectly calculated by both carers and health professionals. Rose will describe how current understandings of paracetamol absorption and metabolism mean that dosage should be by weight. She will unpack common issues that lead to increased risk of under and over dosing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the current use patterns for treating pain and fever in children
  • Understand Paracetamol in pharmacology and toxicology
  • Identify the various formulations available
  • Understand the controversies surrounding Paracetamol dosing; age versus weight-based doses, and using ibuprofen as an alternative or in combination
  • Recognise the common errors often made by parents and carers

About the Expert

Dr Rose Cairns

Dr Rose Cairns is a lecturer in Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, and Senior Poisons Specialist (Research) at the NSW Poisons Information Centre. She is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow, and is a minister appointed member on the TGA’s Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling. She is on the editorial board for TOXINZ (a clinical toxicology resource used by clinicians in over 20 countries), and Clinical Toxicology (the official journal of the American, European and Asian medical toxicology societies).

Course curriculum

  • 1

    How to Complete this Course

    • Instructions

  • 2

    Topic: Paracetamol Dosing in Children - An Update

    • Summary and learning objectives

    • Video presentation (30 mins)

    • Quiz: test your learning (10 mins)

  • 3

    Documentation Your CPD Here

    • CPD Documentation and Reflection Activity Tool

  • 4

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