Early investigation is critical to determining the cause of heart failure, its mechanism and any exacerbating factors, allowing for management to be optimised for each patient. This module explores the diagnostic investigations essential for heart failure including echocardiography, ECG, chest X-ray and blood tests, as well as guidance on interpreting results.
1 Hour Education Modules
Our 1 hour Education Modules cover a range of therapeutic areas and are quick and easy to complete anytime, anywhere. You will receive a certificate for completing any of these education activities. CatCPD points are also available.
Pharmacological therapies are central to both the prevention of heart failure in high risk groups and the ongoing management of existing HF. This module covers the evidence-based pharmacological therapies for heart failure and the management of the risk of HF progression.
Non-pharmacological management is essential for the management of heart failure, and patient education is crucial for effective self-management. This module explores the many non-pharmacological management options for HF both in the general practice and patient self-care settings, highlighting the roles that multidisciplinary health professionals can take.
The management of exacerbating factors and comorbidities to maintain quality of life is an important component of heart failure management. This module outlines ways to identify and control exacerbating factors and comorbidities that may affect HF, and explores the role of non-surgical devices and end-of-life care.
Multidisciplinary care can prevent heart failure in people at risk, prolong survival, reduce hospital admissions and improve quality of life. This module explores the effective use of multidisciplinary care for heart failure management, including the preparation of short and long-term management plans and referral to other health professionals.
The past decade has seen rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and HIV increase in Australia. This education module looks at how to discuss sexual practice, STI and HIV risk with an aim to increasing STI and HIV testing in practices. A wide range of case studies also examine ways of approaching STI and HIV testing and treatment and promoting safe sexual practice using the NSW STIPU STI Testing Tool.
The educational activity discusses the role of general practitioners in contact tracing for STIs. The opportunities to initiate a discussion with patients are identified, advice provided in relation to the STIs for which contact tracing is recommended and methods to do this described. Options to assist patients with tracing sexual contacts are also described.
Advance care planning is an essential part of providing patient-centred care in line with a person's goals, beliefs and preferences, especially in later life. This module covers the key aspects of creating an advance care plan, the selection of a substitute decision-maker, and the legal frameworks surrounding advance care plans.