Pharmacotherapeutics 4

10 Units

Presents the pathophysiology of diseases and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific diseases covered in this course include infectious diseases, thyroid and adrenal diseases, reproductive diseases as well as men’s and women’s health. The course will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of these diseases. Application of the knowledge imparted to students in this course will be complemented by clinical skills training.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and must be passed in order to progress in the Master of Pharmacy Program.

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 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of reproductive diseases, thyroid and adrenal diseases.
  2. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of conditions involving the female reproductive tract.
  3. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of conditions involving the male reproductive tract.
  4. Gain an understanding of the signs, symptoms and complications of common infections, be aware of the likely pathogens involved, understand relevant diagnostic tests and be aware of first and second line anti-infective therapy, as well as non-pharmacologicial approaches to the management of these infections.
  5. Be able to describe the quality use of medicines’ issues surrounding the therapeutic agents in the treatment of these diseases.
  6. Have developed clinical skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.

1. Pathophysiology of and treatment of adrenal and thyroid diseases. Principles for the treatment of the following infectious diseases:

a. Meningitis, endocarditis, intra-abdominal infections, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, cellulitis

b. Upper respiratory tract infections (sinusitis, otits media, pharyngitis)

c. Lower respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic lung sepsis, tuberculosis)

d. Gastrointestinal diseases (gastroenteritis, giardisis, travellor’s diarrhoea, cholera, campylobacter enteritis, salmonella enteritis, shigellosis, biliary tract infection)

e. Urinary tract infections

f. Sexually transmitted diseases

g. HIV-AIDS, including opportunistic infections

h. Systemic fungal diseases

2. Reproduction and women’s health (including labour, infertility, menopause, gynaecological disorders and contraception)

3. Men’s health (including erectile dysfunction and disorders of the prostrate)

4. 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.

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Assumed Knowledge PHAR6212 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
Assessment Items
  • Formal Examination: Examination(s) mid- and end- Trimester
  • Practical Demonstration: Satisfactory completion of clinical skills sessions.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face Off Campus 40 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Compulsory Requirements
  • Pre-Placement Requirements: 1. NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. 2. NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. 3. Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for PHAR6223
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