Modules
Nephrology
ATSI/indigenous health, Geriatrics, Primary care & prevention
An introduction to peritoneal dialysis for non-renal healthcare professionals (The HOME Network)
Components
  • Introduction
  • The function of the kidneys
  • Treatment options for end-stage kidney disease
  • The peritoneal membrane
  • How peritoneal dialysis (PD) works
  • Types of PD
  • Infectious complications: peritonitis
  • Infectious complications: exit site infection
  • Other complications of PD
  • Assessment
  • Summary
Learning OUTCOMES
  • State the basic functions of the kidney
  • Describe the structure of the peritoneal membrane
  • Understand the concepts of diffusion, osmosis and ultrafiltration as they relate to PD
  • Identify and manage complications of PD, including peritonitis and exit site infection
Target audiences
Healthcare professionals who work in areas other than renal care, including Specialists, General practitioners, Nurses/midwives, Nurse/midwife practitioners, pharmacists

Module duration
~ 30 min

Location(s)
International

Respiratory
Genetics, Multidisciplinary care, Personalised medicine
CFTR MUTATIONS IN CYSTIC FIBROSIS: UNDERSTANDING THE SCIENCE BEHIND CFTR MODULATOR THERAPY
Components
  • Part 1: Cystic fibrosis – an overview
  • Part 2: Principles of transcription, translation, and genetic mutations
  • Part 3: Understanding CFTR variants – types of mutations and their impact
  • Part 4: Impact of CFTR genotype on phenotype
  • Part 5: Therapeutic approaches targeting CFTR gene variants
  • Part 6: CFTR modulator therapies in practice
Learning outcomes
  • Explain the key principles of genetic variants and nomenclature
  • Describe the pathophysiology of CF, the key CFTR gene variant groups and their functional impact
  • Distinguish between minimal and residual function CFTR mutations
  • Explain the impact of genotype on phenotype in CF disease
  • Describe the different CFTR modulators available and how they are an example of personalised medicine, resulting from translational science in action.
Target audience
Specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, nurses and nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, and other members of the multidisciplinary CF care team interested in the science behind CF and CFTR modulator therapies

Module duration
~1 - 1.5 hours

Location(s)
Australia

Sponsored by:

Primary care & prevention
Mental Health, Neurology, Psychiatry/psychology
EMBED: Education About Management Of Binge Eating Disorder
Components
This RACGP CPD Accredited Activity and GPMHSC MH CPD Activity is a blended learning program that will upskill GPs on the latest evidence for the identification and management of binge eating disorder (BED). Participants will need to complete all four steps to qualify for 40 RACGP-accredited CPD points:
  • Step 1: 1-hour online learning component
  • Step 2: 2-hour webinar/meeting
  • Step 3: 2x 2-hour practical skills workshops (online/face-to-face)
  • Step 4: Reinforcing activity.
Learning OUTCOMES
  • Recall the latest evidence on the scope and impact of unmanaged BED
  • Explain the neurobiological and cognitive models of BED and comorbidities
  • Confidently identify and screen patients at risk of BED
  • Navigate the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items and health services available for the management of patients with BED
  • Prepare a referral plan for the management of a patient with BED.
Target audiences
General practitioners, including those with a special interest in mental health and/or eating disorders and other GPs or trainee GPs wishing to learn more about BED

Module duration
~7-8 hours in total

CPD
40 RACGP-accredited CPD points

Location(s)
Australia

Genetics
Diagnostics & imaging, Oncology
Mainstreaming genetic testing by oncology teams: A focus on genetic testing in patients with breast and ovarian cancers (EXTERNAL RESOURCE)
Components
  • Pre-learning activity
  • Part 1: Introduction to mainstream genetic testing
  • Part 2: The mainstream genetic testing process
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation
Currently, this module sits on an external website outside of the EMPOWERED online medical education platform. Access the module at mainstreamgenetictesting.com.au
Learning OUTCOMES
  • Describe the process of mainstream genetic testing
  • Outline the benefits of mainstream genetic testing for patients with ovarian and/or breast cancer, and the potential implications for their family members
  • Understand how genetic testing results can guide treatment decisions in ovarian and/or breast cancer
  • Identify patients eligible for testing, oversee the consenting process, order the genetic test, and deliver the result to patients
  • Confidently implement mainstream genetic testing in your oncology unit
Target audiences
All members of oncology teams who engage in mainstream genetic testing, including specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, nurses and nurse practitioners

Module duration
1~2 hours

Location(s)
International

Mental Health
Multidisciplinary care, Primary care & prevention, Psychiatry/psychology, Respiratory
Mental health in cystic fibrosis series – Mental health care in the CF setting for hospital and community-based health professionals
Components
  • Part 1: Biopsychosocial factors affecting mental health and wellbeing in CF
  • Part 2: Guideline recommendations for mental health care in CF
  • Part 3: Multidisciplinary mental health care in practice
Learning outcomes
  • Explain the unique biopsychosocial factors that affect the wellbeing of those with CF and their caregivers across different life stages
  • Employ effective strategies to engage those living with CF in the promotion of mental health and wellbeing
  • Implement evidence-based interventions and referral pathways to deliver best practice mental health care to the CF population
  • Collaborate with a CF specialist team and other health providers in the planning and delivery of mental health care to the CF population
  • Identify resources for further learning and understanding of CF as a disease
Target audiences
Hospital and community-based health professionals who work outside of the specialist CF care team, who may tasked with supporting the mental health and wellness of patients and caregivers living with CF. This includes psychiatrists, general practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and other members of the broader shared care team.

Module duration
~1 hour

Location(s)
Australia, New Zealand

Endorsed By:

Mental Health
Psychiatry/psychology, Respiratory, Young-adult health
Mental health in cystic fibrosis series: Chapter 1 – The impact of CF on mental health and the impact of mental health conditions on CF
Components
  • Part 1: Improved longevity in CF and its implications for mental health
  • Part 2: Prevalence of mental health conditions in people living with CF
  • Part 3: Understanding and identifying mental health issues in people with CF at different life stages
  • Part 4: Effects of mental health conditions in CF on carers
Learning OUTCOMES
  • Describe the impact of CF on mental health and the prevalence of mental health conditions in CF populations
  • Explain the impact of mental health conditions on self-care, general health, functioning and quality of life for people with CF
  • Differentiate between the various psychosocial risk factors and challenges faced by people with CF at each stage of life
  • Explain the mental health care needs of people with CF at each stage of life
  • Describe the impact of CF on the mental health of carers.
Target audiences
Specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, general practitioners, nurses and nurse practitioners, dietitians, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, and all members of the multidisciplinary CF care team

Module duration
1 hour

Location(s)
Australia, New Zealand

Endorsed by:

Mental Health
Psychiatry/psychology, Respiratory, Young-adult health
Mental health in cystic fibrosis series: Chapter 2 – Multidisciplinary mental healthcare and resources for CF
Components
  • Part 1: The mental health guidelines in CF
  • Part 2: Implementing mental health care – the collaborative model
  • Part 3: Mental Health Care in Practice -a response framework for all CF team members
Learning OUTCOMES
  • Differentiate and discuss the consensus statement principles developed by the International Committee on Mental Health in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Describe the models of collaborative care and quality improvement in the context of developing a mental health program within a CF centre
  • Navigate the mental health services and resources available for patients with CF
  • Coordinate and work within a multidisciplinary team to achieve effective mental health care of patients with CF throughout their lifespan
Target audiences
Specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, general practitioners, nurses and nurse practitioners, dietitians, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, and all members of the multidisciplinary CF care team

Module duration
1 hour

Location(s)
Australia, New Zealand

Endorsed by:

Mental Health
Psychiatry/psychology, Respiratory, Young-adult health
Mental health in cystic fibrosis series: Chapter 3 – Personalising and prioritising mental health care in CF
Components
There are 3 fictional case studies to complete:
  • Pre-birth diagnosis – setting the stage for care through life
  • Adolescent patient – coping with developmental, life and care transitions
  • Adult CF patient – balancing the personal and developmental needs of adult life when living with CF.
Learning OUTCOMES
  • Utilise effective psychological first aid and communication techniques when discussing psychosocial issues with individuals with CF, as appropriate to their developmental and/or life stage
  • Initiate a mental health referral pathway for individuals with CF displaying mental health concerns
  • Interpret scores for the PHQ-9 and GAD-7 screening tools for depression and anxiety, within the context of an individual with CF’s mental health presentation
  • Provide appropriate psychosocial monitoring and support to individuals with CF as part of a multidisciplinary approach to mental health care.
Target audiences
Specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, general practitioners, nurses and nurse practitioners, dietitians, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, and all members of the multidisciplinary CF care team

Module duration
~1.5 hours

Location(s)
Australia, New Zealand

Endorsed by:

Mental Health
Psychiatry/psychology, Respiratory, Young-adult health
Mental health in cystic fibrosis series: Chapter 4 – Mental health of caregivers in CF
Components
  • Part 1: Psychological impacts of caring for people living with CF
  • Part 2: Let’s revisit Sophie
  • Part 3: Practicalities of screening mental health and supporting caregivers in the CF setting
  • Part 4: Supporting Sophie’s caregivers
Learning OUTCOMES
  • Describe the mental health impacts of providing care and/or support to people living with CF
  • Understand how to assess for and recognise mental health concerns in carers and loved ones of people living with CF
  • Assess, plan and implement mental health care interventions for caregivers of people living with CF, relevant to life-stage and based on evidence-based guidelines
  • Identify and describe sustainable multidisciplinary mental health services and strategies relevant for caregivers of people living with CF.
Target audiences
Specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, general practitioners, nurses and nurse practitioners, dietitians, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, and all members of the multidisciplinary CF care team

Module duration
~1 hour

Location(s)
Australia, New Zealand

Mental Health
Primary care & prevention, Psychiatry/psychology, Respiratory
Mental health in cystic fibrosis series: Chapter 5 – Mental health and wellbeing of HCPs working in CF
Components
  • Part 1: Screening tools for quality of life, work engagement and mental health for HCPs working in CF
  • Part 2: Improving mental health and wellbeing for HCPs working in CF
  • Part 3: Additional support and resources
Learning OUTCOMES
  • Describe the mental health impacts of working in the complex field of CF, including providing healthcare to patients with CF and family support for caregivers and loved ones
  • Understand how to recognise and assess for mental health concerns within yourself and/or in other health professionals in your CF team
  • Assess, plan and implement mental health and wellbeing interventions for yourself, both individually and within the CF team
  • Identify when to evaluate your own mental health using mental health screening tools.
Target audiences
Specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, general practitioners, nurses and nurse practitioners, dietitians, physiotherapists, social workers, psychologists, and all members of the multidisciplinary CF care team

Module duration
~1 hour

Location(s)
Australia, New Zealand

Endorsed by:

Respiratory
Diagnostics & imaging, Multidisciplinary care, Paediatrics
Shaping imaging and functional testing for early detection of lung damage in cystic fibrosis
Components
  • Why is early detection of lung damage in CF important?
  • Measuring early lung disease in young patients with CF
  • Multiple breath washout (MBW) / Lung clearance index (LCI)
  • Forced oscillation technique (FOT)
  • Imaging: CT
  • Imaging: MRI
  • The future of early lung damage detection
  • Module summary and take home messages
Learning OUTCOMES
  • The importance of early detection of CF lung disease in improving CF outcomes.
  • Current challenges in the clinical monitoring of early CF lung disease.
  • Alternative approaches to CF lung function testing and imaging.
  • Challenges and next steps in the implementation of these techniques in CF clinical practice in Australia.
Target audiences Specialists, advanced trainees, registrars, nurses and nurse practitioners, medical radiation practitioners: diagnostic, physiotherapists, medical scientists

Module duration
1 hour

Location(s)
Australia