Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines

Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines

Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines

Students complete 24 credit points from the table below:
PHAR7811 Evidence-based Complementary Medicines 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanna Harnett Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 11hrs of online lectures per semester accompanied by 8-10 hrs/week of independent study including self-directed learning and set module readings and activities Assessment: Online questionnaires following lectures, professional practice journaling Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study will provide an introduction to the background, regulation and quality of complementary medicine products and practices. In addition, the ethical and legal considerations surrounding the provision of complementary medicine advice and supply of products by health care professionals will be covered. Students will be familiarised with reputable and reliable resources of complementary medicine information. These foundational topics will be followed by a series of system-based lectures discussing the current evidence for the efficacy and safety of common complementary medicines used in the management of cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal health and disease. A combination of lectures, essential reading, evidence and reflective practice reports and online questionnaires will ensure students have a broad understanding of the topics covered.
Textbooks
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PHAR7812 Evidence-based Complementary Medicines 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanna Harnett Session: Semester 1 Classes: 10hrs of online lectures/semester accompanied by 8-10hrs/week of independent study including self-directed learning and set module readings and activities. Corequisites: PHAR7811 Assessment: Online questionnaires following lectures, evidence and reflective practice reports Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study will provide a series of online lectures and activities that explore the evidence for the efficacy and safety of complementary medicines commonly used in the management of disorders of the reproductive, endocrine, integumentary, musculoskeletal and nervous system. A combination of lectures, essential reading, professional practice journal entries and online questionnaires will ensure students have a broad understanding of the topics covered.
Textbooks
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PHAR7815 Regulation of Complementary Medicines

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanna Harnett, Dr Rania Salama, Dr Hui Xin Ong Session: Semester 1 Classes: online lectures, podcasts, discussion boards, webinars, interactive media Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have a relevant health care, health science or science related undergraduate qualification or experience working in this sector. Assessment: online quizzes (20%), short answer questions/case studies (40%), written assignment(s) (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
This unit provides a detailed overview of the processes involved in the development, production and regulation of complementary medicines and devices (with a focus on herbal and nutritional supplement products). In this unit, students will learn foundation concepts and principles of complementary medicines, the regulatory framework, relevant policies and ethical implications (including evidence claims) governing this industry, good manufacturing practice (GMP) and quality standards, submission of product dossiers requirements as well as internationalisation of complementary medicine products (e. g. regulation in Asia and other key areas for export). Students will gain an understanding of the processes and guidelines involved in registering complementary products with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia and will be able to assess the level and quality of evidence to support the manufacturer's claim. This unit is suitable for postgraduate students who are working in or interested in entering the complementary medicine development, manufacturing and regulation sector.
Textbooks
Online resources, readings and other learning recourses will be provided or accessible via the Library
PHAR7821 Evidence-based Complementary Medicines 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanna Harnett Session: Semester 2 Classes: 8hrs of online lectures/semester accompanied by 8-10hrs/week of independent study including self-directed learning and set module readings and activities. Prerequisites: PHAR7811 Assessment: Online questionnaires following lectures and evidence and reflective practice reports Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study will provide a series of online lectures and activities that explore the evidence for the efficacy and safety of complementary medicines commonly used by specific groups including pregnant and breastfeeding women, paediatrics, diabetes, pre- and post-operative care and oncology. A special focus on drug-herb, drug-nutrient and disease-herb/nutrient interactions will be covered in this unit of study. A combination of lectures, essential reading, evidence and reflective practice reports and online questionnaires will ensure students are able to explore the topics covered.
Textbooks
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PHAR7822 Evidence-based Complementary Medicines 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanna Harnett Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1 day on campus workshops (held in August and November) and 6hrs/week of literature research Prerequisites: PHAR7811 and PHAR7812 Corequisites: PHAR7821 Assessment: Literature review and consumer medicine information sheet Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit consists of two workshops. The workshops are two milestone classroom activities where students come together in the classroom to learn and consolidate knowledge and experiences facilitated in the online learning environment. This capstone project will involve conducting a literature review that informs the development of a consumer medicine information sheet of a complementary medicine. Students will be guided in the systematic process of conducting and writing a literature review. Students will acquire the skills required to produce up-to-date written information for consumers of complementary medicines and their peers.
Textbooks
Access to The University of Sydney Library database on enrolment