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Introduction to Complementary Medicines CSA509

Hobart

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Introduction

Complementary and  alternative  medicine (CAM)  is  a broad  domain  of healing  resources  that encompasses  all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period. CAM includes all such practices and ideas self-defined by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting health and wellbeing. Consequently, boundaries between the CAM domain and that of the dominant healthcare system are not always sharp or fixed, which creates uncertainty among consumers and health professionals regarding the use of CAMs. Complementary medicine is an increasing feature of healthcare practice, with recent surveys finding that approximately two-thirds of Australians regularly use a CAM product (typically vitamin and/or herbal preparations).In this unit, you will be given an overview of CAM as practiced in Australia and around the world. This will include looking at who uses CAM, their motivations for using CAM, and the ethical and professional issues that CAMs raise in health professionals. This unit will also focus on the use of CAMs in alignment with quality use of medicines principles. The focus will be on the safety of CAMs (adverse events, drug interactions) and use in special patient groups (pregnancy, older people, and children). This will enable you to make better decisions regarding the need to use CAMs, the appropriateness of CAM for your patients in light of other available treatment options, and how to educate patients regarding their use and monitor the outcomes.

Summary

Unit name Introduction to Complementary Medicines
Unit code CSA509
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator

Dr Sue Evans (Unit Coordinator)

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units.

TNE Program units special approval requirements.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 060501

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught by distance. Online activities and weekly reading materials will be provided via MyLO. Students will communicate with the coordinator via email and potentially discussion forums.

Assessment

Assignment 1 (2000 words, 30%), Assignment 2 (2000 words, 30%), CAM case presentation (10 minute video or poster, 30%), Discussion board participation (10%)

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Flexible Study Options

Note: Class attendance may still be required

Fully online - H
This unit is taught entirely online
Resource dependent teaching & learning - H
Independent study with provided resources replaces face-to-face or other classes (e.g. lectures)
Video conferencing - H
A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
Flexible scheduling - H
Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc

Textbooks

Required

Adams J, Andrews GJ, Barnes J, Broom A, Magin P (eds). Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012. Robson T (ed). An Introduction to Complementary Medicine. Allen & Unwin. 2003.

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