MMR accreditation course
The College is dedicated to providing pharmacists with the knowledge and skills necessary to work to their full scope of practice, including medication review, and to support pharmacists on their pathway to becoming accredited Australia wide.
The College has supported pharmacists training for medication management review by providing the pre-requisite Stage 1 MMR Course for many years.
The AACP ceased its Stage 2 accreditation activities on 31 December 2022.
With their support, the College has continued the AACP accreditation functions by implementing a Stage 2 course that leads to MMR accreditation.
The Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses are structured to suit all pharmacists who review medications in their practice, regardless of the setting. The knowledge and skills taught will benefit pharmacists reviewing medications during patient counselling, MedsChecks, Home Medicine Reviews (HMRs), and Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMRs).
The College also supports pharmacists who are already MMR accredited by providing access to materials, tools, education, and other resources through College membership ($399 incl GST per year).
Stage 1 MMR Course Outline
The College Stage 1 MMR course prepares you for the Stage 2 course, which ultimately leads to accreditation as a consultant pharmacist in Australia.
The stage 1 course must be completed within 12 months of the materials being received. In our experience, it is possible to complete Stage 1 in as little as 3 months.
Stage 1 assessment includes completing 2 practice case studies and answering 3 other short assessment questions. Participants will receive constructive feedback on their assessment, which is designed to prepare them for undertaking stage 2.
The stage 1 course is composed of online modules covering:
- interviewing the patient
- motivating patients for behaviour change
- reviewing medicines
- formulating a management plan
- communicating your plan to the referring doctor
- how to engage with doctors and other health professionals to build your MMR service.
Stage 1 MMR Course Learning Objectives
On completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate your ability to:
- note the key criteria required for case study assessment.
- recognise and access high-quality medication information resources.
- discuss the principles of privacy and patient consent and how they relate to conducting an MMR.
- learn how to communicate effectively with patients, carers, general practitioners and other healthcare professionals.
- apply in-depth knowledge of the comprehensive medication review process, using appropriate tools.
- learn how to take a medication history.
- describe principles in motivating and facilitating behavioural change.
- implement strategies to improve patient adherence to medication regimens and lifestyle changes.
- counsel patients to promote self-management of their medicines (where appropriate).
- discuss principles of achieving skills to identify, resolve and prevent actual or potential medication-related problems.
- discuss the principles of achieving collaborative working relationships with GPs, community pharmacists and other members of the healthcare team.
When you complete the stage 1 course requirements you may proceed to Stage 2 of the accreditation process
Stage 2 MMR Course
The College wishes to advise of the development of accreditation standards for training programs for medication reviews and residential aged care on-site roles and what this means for the Stage 2 Medication Review Course. The Department of Health and Aged Care has engaged the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) to develop accreditation standards for medication review and aged care pharmacist training programs. The APC expects to have the accreditation system developed by July 2023. Whilst the standards are in development the College is continuing to offer a Stage 2 MMR Course. However, we may need to make changes to our training program to be consistent with the new standards, once they are available. This may mean there may be some additional training to undertake as the College makes any changes to the Stage 2 MMR Course to meet the APC standards.
Entry into a Stage 2 Course requires the following pre-requisite:
Successful completion of a Stage 1 MMR Course within the previous 3 years. Evidence of completion to be submitted within 7 days of enrolment into the Stage 2 Course.
Acceptable evidence includes
a) certificate of completion of Stage 1 or
b) self-declaration of completion – declarations will be verified with Stage 1 providers.
Valid Stage 1 Course Providers
- Australasian College of Pharmacy
- e Accredit
- Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
- Guild Clinical NSW
- Griffith University
- James Cook University
- University of Tasmania
- University of Canberra
- Monash University
- University of Technology Sydney
- La Trobe University
- University of New England
- University of Sydney
- University of Queensland
- University of Newcastle
Stage 2 Course Structure
The Stage 2 course comprises 5 major milestones:
- Submission of Prerequisites - Due 7 days after enrolment
- Communication Modules and MCQ Assessment - Due 30 days after submitting Prerequisites
- Clinical MCQ Assessment - Due 60 days after successful completion of Communication Modules
- 4 x Case Studies - 60 days per case study, due after successful completion of Clinical MCQs
- Application for accreditation
Application for accreditation
On completion of the College Stage 2 MMR Course , candidates will be invited to apply for accreditation. Accredited pharmacists will be issued with an MRN (Medication Review Number) which can be used to claim payment for services such as Home Medicines Reviews and Residential Medication Management Reviews.
|Stage 1 MMR course||Price|
|PGA Intern member||Complimentary|
|Stage 2 MMR course||Price|
|Additional attempt (MCQs)||$99|
|Additional attempt (Case study)||$110|
All prices are inclusive of GST and subject to change.
*Membership fee $399 per year
Enquire about the College MMR course via firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the email link below.
To join the College or enrol in Stage 1 or Stage 2 MMR, click below.
Stage 1 CPD Credits
Accreditation Number: A2005MMR
This activity has been accredited for 13.0 hours of Group One CPD (or 13.0 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 13.0 hours of Group Two CPD (or 26.0 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.
Disclaimer: To the best of our knowledge, the information contained on this page is current at the date of publishing (02 November 2022). Information may change at any time. The College will endeavour to keep this information up to date. Pharmacists are advised that the landscape of MMR accreditation is changing regularly and therefore the content of this page is for their information only and does not represent advice. Pharmacists should monitor the situation regularly.