In this unit students will develop an understanding of the following: principles of quality use of medicines (QUM); classification and regulatory status of medicines; general pharmacology concepts; indications and contraindications, effectiveness and safety of selected classes of medicines; valid and reliable sources of information about selected medicines and their use, as well as relevant government policies and guidelines.
Students will gain the ability to access, interpret and critically appraise evidence about different aspects of treatments and medicines in order to inform their clinical decision making.
|1.||Investigate and appraise the development, testing, approval, scheduling and subsidy processes for drugs used and sold in Australia;|
|2.||Conceptually map the basic methods of drug action and of pharmacological concepts such as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;|
|3.||Elicit and document a medicine's history;|
|4.||Analyse the main classes and practical uses of drugs, herbals and supplements, commonly encountered in clinical practice; and|
|5.||Critically apply pharmaceutical knowledge in advising patients about medication issues according to contemporary and emerging evidence.|
|Report||Critique of a selected journal paper (750 words)||25%|
|Case Study||Case study analysis and response (1000 words)||25%|
|Test||Student generated questionnaire (500 words)||25%|
|Journal||Reflective piece on the completed tasks and their relationship to future practice (750 words)||25%|
Fundamentals of Pharmacology 7th ed.
Bullock, S., Manias, E. (2014)
Pharmacology for health professionals 4th ed.
Bryant, B. & Knights, K. (2012)
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