This unit of study will focus on medicines available over the counter (OTC), or prescribed, for therapeutic use in a number of common disorders affecting the musculoskeletal, dermatological, special senses, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. The pharmaceutical sciences that underpin such drug therapies will be covered. This unit will also include the epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical features of these disorders. Through the use of case-based learning, students will participate in the interpretation, application and dissemination of pharmaceutical and pharmacotherapeutic concepts and knowledge. On completion of this unit of study students will be able to apply an understanding of the pharmaceutical sciences to optimising the drug and non-drug therapy of patients with these disorders. Interprofessional communication and the application of specialist knowledge to implementing pharmacist cognitive services such as clinical interventions and/or medication management review will also be explored. Students will become familiar with drug information software and a multitude of computerised drug information databases. Role-plays will help students to develop the language and non-verbal skills pharmacists need to communicate effectively with patients, doctors, and other health care professionals. This unit of study complements the practical experiences undertaken during experiential placements.
5x1hr lectures/week, 1x3hr workshop/week
2hr final written exam (50%), oral exam (30%), workshop participation (20%)
Walker, R and Whittlesea, C. (2012). Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics (5th ed) Australian Medicines Handbook eTG complete [provided as electronic resource] Lemke, TL and Williams, DA. (2013). Foye's Principles of Medicinal Chemistry (7th ed). Williams and Wilkins Rang, H.P., Dale, M.M., Ritter, J.M., Flower, R.J., Henderson, G. (2016). Rang and Dale's Pharmacology (8th ed)
3 credit points of Calculus, 6 credit points of Biochemistry, 12 credit points of Chemistry.