Pharmacotherapeutics 6

10 Units

Presents the pathophysiology of diseases and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific topics covered in this course include dermatology, critical care, paediatrics and gerontology, anesthetics and veterinarian pharmacy/pharmacology. The course will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of these conditions. Application of the knowledge developed in this course will be complemented by clinical skills training. Case-based oral assessment will further develop communication skills that will assist with professional practice as a pharmacist. This course will also discuss the specific issues with the provision of health care to the rural, remote and indigenous Australians. Development of this knowledge and skill base contributes to the core competency required of a pharmacist. This course is a Compulsory Program Component and must be passed in order to progress in the Master of Pharmacy. Programs generally have defined periods for their professional education placements. These are based on negotiations between health providers and the University. Students are asked to note however, that placements may occur at any time during the calendar year and not just within defined placement periods or university terms. The timing of your placement will depend largely on the availability of placement opportunities within health services sector. Students MUST NOT organise their own placements without prior approval by the Program Convenor.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

At the end of this course students will:

  1. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of dermatology, critical care, paediatrics and gerontology patients;
  2. Be able to describe the quality use of medicines issues surrounding the therapeutic agents in the treatment of these diseases;
  3. Have developed clinical skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions;
  4. Describe the use of anesthetics agents in anesthesiology
  5. Develop and appreciation of how pharmacists can be involved in veterinarian pharmacy
  6. Continue to develop oral communication skills.

This course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic treatment and practice issues in the management of:

  1. Critical care patients (including neurotrauma critical care therapy, fluid and electrolyte therapy and acid-base balance).
  2. Paediatric and gerontology (including paediatric and neonatal therapy, and geriatric drug therapy)
  3. Dermatological conditions
  4. Rural, remote and Indigenous Australian
  5. Animals

The course will also provide experience in developing clinical skills by clinical skills training and or clinical placements. The course will also include visits to hospital and community pharmacies and students will be required to deliver case presentations.

Replacing Course(s) PHAR6013 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 20 units divided into 2 10 unit courses.
Transition This course will be taught for the first time in 2009. Students who are required to repeat PHAR6013 will be provided with specific lectures, tutorials and self directed learning material by both didactic and on-line modes of delivery.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge PHAR6222 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 and PHAR6223 Pharmacotherapeutics 4
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Clinical
Problem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Class - Written examination - Mid trimester
  • Examination: Formal - Written examination at the end of Trimester. (May comprise True/False, multiple choice and short answer questions, calculations, case study scenarios.)
  • Other: (please specify) - Clinical Skills/Placement workbook
  • Other: (please specify) - Written assignment, oral case presentation and assessment of case studies. Details will be provided in the course outline at commencement of trimester
  • Other: (please specify) - Each examination component will test a student's competency in one or more of the course objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. To be awarded a pass mark or better for the course, a student must show they are competent in the course objectives by achieving a satisfactory grade in the written examination component (combined mid trimester and end of trimester examinations). Students must satisfactorily complete the placement during this course. This will be determined by satisfactory completion of their clinical skills/placement workbook, reflective journal and preceptor appraisals.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program
  • Compulsory Course Component: OHS-Criminal Record Check
  • Compulsory Course Component: OHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
  • Compulsory Program Component: Prior successful completion of PHAR6222 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 and PHAR6223 Pharmacotherapeutics 4 and be concurrently enrolled in, or prior completion of, PHAR6231 Pharmacy Practice 6 and PHAR6232 Pharmacotherapeutics 5. National Police Check, Working with Children and Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunisation record and Patient Confidentiality Form.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6233

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