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Safer Prescribing in General Dental Practice

A comprehensive update for safer prescribing in your practice

In this course Dr Geraldine Moses will cover the skills required for safe prescribing, medications that impact on dental procedures, managing patients who claim a drug allergy, tailored pain management and medication adherence.

Course overview

Patients in your practice will present with an array of complicated medical conditions. Many will be taking a long list of prescription and non-prescription drugs. In addition, new medications and changes to legislation require you to keep up to date to ensure effective patient care.

This online course developed by Dr Geraldine Moses will provide clinicians with a comprehensive update for safer prescribing and drug use in dental practice. The day is comprised of five key presentations: update on safe prescribing, medications that impact on dental procedures, dealing with patients who claim a drug allergy, tailored pain management and medication adherence.


  • Know the top 10 contributors to medication error.
  • Write a comprehensive medication history that can prevent adverse events.
  • Recognise error-prone prescribing and situations that predispose to error.
  • Implement processes to prevent prescribing and charting errors.

  • Ensure medications are documented the right way in a medication history
  • Assess all medicines for their impact on dental procedures and outcomes.
  • Access authoritative resources regarding medication management
  • Advise patients appropriately on perioperative medication issues.

  • Understand difference between allergies and adverse drug reactions
  • Know which patients are truly cross-reactive between penicillins and cephalosporins.
  • Why the term “sulpha allergy" should be avoided and what to use instead 
  • Explain allergy to one opioid does not exclude use of other opioids
  • The THREE things to document in an allergy / ADR history

  • Appreciate the wide range of medicines for which non-adherence continues to be a significant problem
  • Understand the five dimensions of non-adherence.
  • Identify predictors of medication non-adherence.
  • Apply motivational interviewing skills to assess and assist medication adherence.
  • Explain the implications of non-adherence on medication use in the community.
  • Compare safety and efficacy of commonly used analgesics
  • Explain varying risk profile between different NSAIDs
  • Understand the place in therapy of combination analgesia.
  • Know how analgesic prescribing is altered in paediatric and geriatric patients
  • Know when prescribing opioids for dental pain is appropriate and when it should be avoided.
Course date: 

Friday 29 July 2022

Time: 10am - 3.30pm (Online Zoom Meeting)
Course structure: 

This course will be delivered completely online. It will consist of a short online module to be completed prior to a one day webinar.

Please note: access to the pre-learning content will be sent out from 1st May 2022

CPD hours: 6
  $600 (incl. GST) Standard for Dentists
$500 (incl. GST) Earlybird for Dentists (Deadline 29 April 2022 11:59pm)
$500 (incl. GST) University of Sydney / NSW Health Staff
Registration:  Please click here to register for this course. 

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