Focus on Health Dispensing Course

Focus on Health has been presenting dispensing course workshops since 2005. Our knowledge and experience base are enhanced through being a co-opted member of the National Convention on Dispensing (NCD) who regularly interacts with the Department of Health (DOH) on dispensing related issues, and supporting many dispensing practices with medicine sales and profitability analyses, as well as staff training. Special provision can be made for clinical trial doctors and specialists.

Course content

Because poor prescribing is the primary cause of polypharmacy and inappropriate medicine use, the course places emphasis on the clinical components of dispensing. These include medicine regimen review, drug disposition and interactions, adverse reactions, patient adherence and behaviour change counselling as well as practical pharmacokinetics. These modules address the legally binding requirement that each prescription must be preceded by an assessment with respect to:

  • Therapeutic aspects (safety of medicine, possible contra-indications, drug/drug interactions, drug/disease interactions and treatment duplications)
  • Appropriateness for the individual
  • Social, legal, and economic aspects.

The course also addresses the pharmaceutical components of dispensing, which includes legal and ethical issues, management of medicine supplies and pharmacomedical calculations.

Delivery method

Workshop approach

Through this approach you are effectively provided with a deadline for completion of the course. In the run-up to the workshop, you will receive your study guides, be introduced to the course through a Skype contact session and be required to complete some modules before the workshop.

The workshop allows for completion of remaining modules PLUS add-on lectures on the legal and ethical requirements related to dispensing, practical tips, and guidelines on managing your dispensary, the interpretation of key aspects of the Medicines and Related Substances Act (Act 101 of 1965) as amended and finally addressing the KEY issue; how to comply with the medicines act after you have acquired your license to dispense.

The third day of the workshop is set aside for the final assessment and practical evaluation.

The workshop is scheduled to take place over three days.

A laptop is essential and if you do not have one, we can arrange that learning material is downloaded on a tablet. During the workshop we will have access to the Internet for completion of remaining modules.

The fee for this option ranges from R9,167.00 – R9,967.00 (excl VAT) depending on the venue. Please note that prices may vary depending on interest and special requirements.

If you want to register, please complete the application form online. Please upload a copy of your ID as well as a copy of your current HPCSA-card/ SANC-registration. Otherwise you may fax documents to 012 653 2073 or email

Online

By choosing this approach you essentially indicate that you want to complete the course at your own pace. The e-learning process provides a judicious combination of images, animations, text, and sound to provide a multi-channel learning experience and good retention.

An initial skype session introduces you to the course after which progress is monitored online. Focus on Health will keep in contact throughout to encourage, motivate, trouble-shoot and gently nudge where necessary.

After completion of all modules online as well as your portfolio of evidence, a final face-to-face contact session is scheduled for the final assessment and practical evaluation. Notice must be given at least one month in advance to schedule such a final contact session.

The cost for this option is R7,445.00 (excl VAT). Depending on the location of the final contact session, we reserve the right to charge AA-linked travel costs if necessary.

If you want to register, please complete the application form online. Please upload a copy of your ID as well as a copy of your current HPCSA-card/ SANC-registration. Otherwise you may fax documents to 012 653 2073 or email

You also get

By completing your course with Focus on Health you get:

  • Assistance with your license application
  • Personalised  support throughout the application process
  • Free access to the online Dispensing Compliance Tool (DCT) for three months

This is a provisional schedule, subject to change depending on interest

Course Schedule
DateArea where workshop take placeDuration of WorkshopVenue of Workshop
26 – 28 February 2018KZN3 DaysForest Manor Boutique Guest House
62 Forest Drive, La Lucia, 4051
14 – 16 March 2018CAPE TOWN3 DaysDolphin Beach Hotel
1 Marine Drive, Table View, Cape Town, 7441
17 – 19 April 2018PRETORIA (Centurion)3 DaysCasa Toscana Lodge
5 Darling Street, Lynwood Manor, 0081
15 – 17 May 2018PORT ELIZABETH3 DaysRadisson Blu Hotel
Corner of Marine Drive & 9th Avenue, Summerstrand, 6001
05 – 07 June 2018KZN3 DaysForest Manor Boutique Guest House
62 Forest Drive, La Lucia, 4051
19 – 21 June 2018PRETORIA (Centurion)3 DaysCasa Toscana Lodge
5 Darling Street, Lynwood Manor, 0081
08 – 10 August 2018CAPE TOWN3 DaysDolphin Beach Hotel
1 Marine Drive, Table View, Cape Town, 7441
05 – 07 September 2018PORT ELIZABETH3 DaysRadisson Blu Hotel
Corner of Marine Drive & 9th Avenue, Summerstrand, 6001
09 – 11 October 2018PRETORIA (Centurion)3 DaysCasa Toscana Lodge
5 Darling Street, Lynwood Manor, 0081
24 – 26 October 2018KZN3 DaysForest Manor Boutique Guest House
62 Forest Drive, La Lucia, 4051
07 – 09 November 2018CAPE TOWN3 DaysDolphin Beach Hotel
1 Marine Drive, Table View, Cape Town, 7441
20 – 22 November 2018PRETORIA (Centurion)3 DaysCasa Toscana Lodge
5 Darling Street, Lynwood Manor, 0081
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