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 - 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 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.

  • 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 PHAR6222 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 and PHAR6223 Pharmacotherapeutics 4
Assessment Items
  • Formal Examination: Examination (s) mid- and end- Trimester
  • Presentation: Written assignment and group presentation
  • Practical Demonstration: Satisfactory completion of clinical skills sessions.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 17 hour(s) per Term
3 hours per week for 4 weeks, 1 hour per week for 3 weeks and 2 hours per week for 1 week


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


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 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 PHAR6233
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