New training to improve communication with patients about their pain

Following the scheduling change for codeine-containing medicines, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) have released the final module to assist pharmacy assistants,  ‘Codeine rescheduling: Communication in pain management’.

This module will explore principles of communicating with patients regarding pain management and medicines misuse.

Funded by the Australian Government, the training modules encompass a full suite of support and advice available to pharmacists and their staff nationally. They form part of the overall package of materials available from the Guild and PSA designed to support the community pharmacy sector following the transition to the upscheduling of codeine which took effect this month.

Both organisations are committed to ensuring that rigorous, safe and patient-focused solutions are in place to enable this change, which will affect an estimated one million patients in 2018.

To enrol in the module for pharmacy assistants, please visit

For more information, contact Guild Learning and Development on 03 9810 9930 or email