PHAR6701

Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Health Care Professionals

10 Units

This course is designed to enable students to continue the accumulation of knowledge necessary to function safely and effectively as health care professionals within the Australian health service. The course will introduce students to the principles of pharmacotherapeutics, including clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and a revision of basic pharmacological principles. This course provides an overview of the principles of prescribing for health care professionals, including the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulation (NSW), the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) in a nursing/midwifery primary care context. The course will provide an overview of the role of non-prescription medications, including complementary and alternate medicines. This course incorporates principles of professional communications focused on performing comprehensive medicines assessment and collaboration with others in implementing a medication management plan.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Programs. It is a required course for Master of Midwifery students working towards endorsement for scheduled medicines.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the legal and policy framework underpinning prescribing in Australia
  2. Describe and implement the principles of quality use of medicines in advanced practice nursing/midwifery primary care
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulation (NSW)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and its application in advanced practice nursing/midwifery primary care
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of therapeutic agents in the context of advanced nursing practice/midwifery primary care
  6. Identify the importance of obtaining a comprehensive medication history, including assessing use of non-prescription and complementary/alternate medicines
Content

The course will cover:

  1. Health care professional prescribing in Australia - legal and policy framework
  2. The Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulation
  3. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  4. Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) for advanced practice nursing/midwifery primary care
  5. Principles of prescribing in the context of the Prescribing Competencies Framework
  6. Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics and their application to advanced practice nursing/midwifery primary care
  7. Non-prescription medications, including analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine and complementary and alternate medicines and the role of the Therapeutic Goods Adminitration in medication safety
Requisites
  • Course only available to students in Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Master of Mental Health Nursing, Master of Mental Health (Nursing Practitioner), Master of Midwifery Studies, or Master of Nursing Advanced Practice.
Assumed Knowledge Completed Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery degree or equivalent. Nurse practitioners: One year of advanced clinical practice in a specialty area of practice. Advanced level of knowledge of pathophysiology within student's area of practice. Skills in health assessment /clinical decision making within student's area of practice. Ability to justify his/her clinical decisions. Midwives: Current midwifery registration and unrestricted licence with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Assessment Items
  • In Term Test: Online tests (x2) *
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Written Assignment *
  • Formal Examination: Final Online Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours

Online

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 2. In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. 3. Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
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