Prescribing for common infections

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The goal of this course is to provide information for primary health care professionals in order to enhance patient care around the use of antibiotics.  Of relevance is the understanding that for many infections in primary care antibiotics are discretionary, not mandatory, and in fact many common bacterial conditions in primary care resolve without antibiotics.

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the current issues with regard to antibiotic use in NZ.
  • Understand diagnostic considerations for antibiotic use, including knowing for which infections antibiotic treatment is mandatory.
  • Be able to recommend effective alternates to antibiotic use.


Following the course, you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. When you complete the quiz please hit the 'submit' button to receive your certificate. This course provides two MOPs points or two hours of CPD.


This content has been developed by Professor Bruce Arroll  MBChB, PhD, FRNZCGP, Elaine Gurr Chair of General Practice and Primary Health Care, Director of the Goodfellow Unit, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care University of Auckland in 2015. It was updated by Dr Karen Falloon PhD, MBChB, FRNZCGP in 2018.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, which functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


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