ASMI launches online induction course to build knowledge and promote QUM across the consumer healthcare industry

20 August 2013

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20 August 2013 - The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has today launched an interactive online induction course for the Australian Consumer Healthcare Industry. The first-of-its-kind online resource is expected to become an industry standard, ensuring high levels of knowledge, compliance and Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) promotion across the sector.

With five core learning modules, the ASMI Online Industry Induction Course will familiarise individuals and teams with healthcare regulations, medicine scheduling, marketing and advertising regulations as well as an understanding of the broader healthcare system, the pharmacy environment and the role of ASMI as the industry's voice.

The course is aimed at professionals working within the consumer healthcare industry in fields such as sales, particularly those dealing with pharmacy staff, regulatory, marketing and communications and customer services. Advertising, public relations and design agencies that support manufacturers of over-the-counter products and complementary medicines are also encouraged to undertake the training.
Commenting on ASMI's new professional learning programme, ASMI Marketing & Business Development Director, Ms Filomena Maiese, said:

"With so much reform within the healthcare environment, it is critical that industry professionals are up-to-date and familiar with the regulations governing the industry. The ASMI Online Induction Course has been designed to deliver a comprehensive overview of the Australian healthcare landscape and the marketing and advertising regulations underpinning the industry. By creating greater awareness and understanding, we serve to further promote QUM within our industry.

"Whether you are new to the consumer healthcare industry or simply seeking to update, expand or consolidate knowledge, this new interactive resource will provide the ideal foundation to increase your skills and confidence as an industry professional and is beneficial for ongoing career development. I am really excited that ASMI is able to deliver such an innovative platform for individual learning and development for the consumer healthcare industry."

Individuals can register for the course at http://www.cvent.com/d/4cqy57/4W
Available 24 hours a day, the self-paced online format is flexible for individuals to fit the course in around their work and home commitments. The course is iPad-friendly and there are printable reference pages. These features are great for remote teams such as interstate-based individuals or sales representatives on the road. There are also functions available for managers to track their team's progress.

Depending on pace and knowledge, completion of the five modules can take anywhere between four and six hours and there is a course management program available that tracks how much of a module has been completed, which sections have been visited and how many modules the user has completed and been tested on.

The programme has been designed with interactive content for an enhanced learning experience, with the five modules providing a valuable addition to in-house training. Individuals who score 75 per cent or more on the master quiz once completing the five modules are awarded with an ASMI Accreditation Certificate.

The cost of the course is $595 + GST for ASMI members and $795 + GST for non ASMI-members. A 10 per cent group discount applies when five or more people register together.
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Media contact: Michelle Sollitt-Davis - ASMI PR Manager
Ph: 02 9923 9410 | M: 0422 084 951 | Email: michelle@asmi.com.au

About ASMI: The Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak industry body for the Australian self care industry representing consumer healthcare products including over-the-counter medicines and complementary medicines. ASMI's mission is to promote better health through responsible self-care. This means ensuring that safe and effective self-care products are readily available to all Australians at a reasonable cost. ASMI works to encourage responsible use by consumers and an increasing role for cost-effective self-medication products as part of the broad national health strategy. www.asmi.com.au