Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines

Units of study descriptions

Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines

PHAR7811 Evidence-based Complementary Medicines 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanna Harnett Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 12 hours of online lectures, 4 hours of journal entries and 18 hours of essential reading and independent study 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 pharmacists 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, professional practice journal entries 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: 12 hours of online lectures, 4 hours of journal entries and 18 hours of essential reading and independent study Corequisites: PHAR7811 Assessment: Online questionnaires following lectures, professional practice journaling 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, nervous, 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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PHAR7821 Evidence-based Complementary Medicines 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanna Harnett Session: Semester 2 Classes: 12 hours of online lectures, 4 hours of journal entries and 18 hours of essential reading and independent study Prerequisites: PHAR7811 Assessment: Online questionnaires following lectures 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 paediatrics, pregnancy and breastfeeding, 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, professional practice journal entries and online questionnaires will ensure students have an understanding of 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: 2 x 1 day face to face workshops (held in August and November) and 6 hours per week of literature research. Prerequisites: PHAR7811, PHAR7812 Corequisites: PHAR7821 Assessment: Literature review and consumer medicine information sheet Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
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
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