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Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA)

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The Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) course aims to update and enhance your knowledge about diagnosis, investigation and management of IDA. It is designed for medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals such as dieticians.

If your role involves prescribing a transfusion, administering blood and monitoring patients during and after a transfusion, it is recommended that you complete the Clinical Transfusion Practice course.

Learning modules

  1. Iron Deficiency Anaemia
  2. Diagnosis and Investigation
  3. Oral Iron Therapy
  4. Parenteral Iron Therapy

This course takes on average two hours to complete.

‘Iron Deficiency Anaemia is bread and butter medicine that all doctors need to have a firm understanding of, especially the practical aspects of diagnosis and management.’ Dr Marija Borosak, Haematologist

Course Details

M1 – Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA)

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • identify the possible underlying causes of iron deficiency at different stages of the life cycle
  • recognise the risk groups for the development of Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA) and the implications for health and well being
  • be familiar with the basics of iron metabolism including dietary intake loses and absorption.

M2 – Diagnosis and Investigation

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • identify the most effective tests in the diagnosis of IDA as well as their limitations and pitfalls
  • recognise the importance of determining the cause of IDA in each case and the need for further evaluation to exclude serious underlying pathology in certain patient groups and/or situations
  • apply this knowledge to the diagnosis and evaluation of IDA.

M3 – Oral Iron Therapy

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • identify the role of oral and parenteral iron therapies in the treatment of IDA
  • recognise and manage the common adverse effects and potential drug interactions associated with oral iron therapy
  • determine the dose and duration of oral iron therapy required to effectively correct haemoglobin levels and replenish iron stores
  • assess the monitoring and follow-up requirements of patients with IDA and recognise factors that may lead to sub-optimal response to therapy.

M4 – Parenteral Iron Therapy

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • recognise the role parenteral iron therapy in the management of IDA and the limitations of red cell transfusion
  • assess the risks and benefits of parenteral iron therapy when compared to the alternatives
  • identify the parenteral iron formations available in Australia and the factors that determine dosing and infusion rates
  • determine the necessary prescribing, administration and patient preparation requirements when caring for patients receiving iron infusion.


This course was last reviewed Oct 2014.
The content is based on current clinical guidelines, other evidence-based material and/or expert opinion. We regularly review our courses to reflect any changes in these source materials.

Endorsement & CPD

BloodSafe eLearning Australia seeks endorsement and allocation of CPD points for courses from medical, nursing and midwifery colleges, societies and healthcare organisations. Further information on professional organisations and CPD points is provided below.


International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)
Queensland Health

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Time spent undertaking BloodSafe eLearning courses may be claimed on the basis of 2 points per hour in the Self-recorded Activities category of the RACGP QI&CPD Program.
ACRRM-accredited_PDP-tick_2014-2016_200px-wide Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
This activity has been endorsed by the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine. Completion attracts 2 Points for Core Continuing Professional Development.
Approved RACS Accredited CMYK Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
Course accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
NMBoard_web Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Under continuing professional development (CPD) standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia one hour of active learning equals one hour of CPD. User evaluation of the Iron Deficiency Anaemia course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately two hours to complete all four modules in this package. Therefore it is recommended that two hours be recorded for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
Other Professions and Medical Specialties
User evaluation of the Iron Deficiency Anaemia course, demonstrates that on average it takes approximately two hours to complete all four modules in this package. Therefore it is recommended that two hours be recorded for the purpose of CPD.



There is an online assessment of six multiple choice questions at the end of each module within the

Iron Deficiency Anaemia course.

A minimum grade of 66% (four out of six questions correct) is required to complete each module.

A certificate will be automatically emailed to your registered email address after you have successfully

completed the assessment for all modules.

If you don’t pass a module assessment, you can redo it as many times as you need. It is recommended

you revisit the learning content because the assessment questions may change for each attempt.

You must complete the assessment for this course within three months. If not, then the assessment will need to be commenced again.

You can see a summary of the courses and modules you have successfully completed in My certificates

or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.

Development Team

Project Management

Dr Kathryn Robinson: Medical Writer/Editor
Dr Amanda Thomson: Medical Writer/Editor
Ms Trudi Verrall: Clinical Education Lead
Ms Michele Wood: Program Manager


Peer Review Group

Thanks to Associate Professor Peter Bardy, Associate Professor Jane Andrews, Professor John K. Olynyk, Dr Amanda Thomson, Dr Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Dr Sandra Deveridge, Mr Jake Jervis-Bardy and Ms Joy Gailer and the wider group of health professionals who provided evaluation and feedback during the development process.


Subject Matter Experts

Dr Kathryn Robinson: Consultant Haematologist
Ms Barbara Parker: Registered Nurse


Expert Interviews

Thanks to Dr Amanda Thomson, Dr Stephen Flecknoe-Brown, Associate Professor Peter Bardy and Professor James Isbister for their willingness to be a part of this program.


Others Involved in Clinical Videos

Woman Patient: Margaret Colbeck

Elderly Gentleman: Lawrie Kitto

Thanks to Kristin Linke, Barbara Parker, Richard Sprod, Robyn Brodie and Trudi Verrall and the hospital patients who agreed to be photographed.


Educational and Creative Design

Ian Bone
Richard Sprod


Production team

Production Studio: Digital Media Unit, Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia.
Interactive Design and Development: Peter Bailes
Graphic Design: Erin Baldock and Matthew Casburn
Photography: Christopher Sprod
Video Photography and Production: Ian Bone
Editor: Helen Snoswell
Learning Management System: Brightcookie Pty Ltd


Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority