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Introduction to Complementary Medicines CSA509

Hobart

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Introduction

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses a range of modalities and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, which lie outside the politically dominant health system. It is understood by its users to assist in preventing or treating illness or in promoting health and wellbeing.
Because CAM is defined as being outside the dominant healthcare system, boundaries between the two systems change over time, and this creates uncertainty among consumers and health professionals. Complementary medicine is an increasing feature of healthcare practice, with recent surveys finding that approximately two-thirds of Australians regularly take a complementary medicine product. These are typically vitamin and/or herbal preparations used for health maintenance or health management.
In this unit you will be given an overview of CAM as practiced in Australia. This will include looking at who uses CAM, their motivation for doing so and the ethical and professional issues that CAM use raise in health professionals. The unit will also focus on the application of CAMs in alignment with quality use of medicines principles. The focus will be on understanding issues associated with the production and regulation of CAMs, their safety (adverse events, drug interactions) and their use in special patient groups (pregnancy, older people, and children). This will enable you to make better decisions regarding the need for CAMs, the appropriateness of CAM for your patients in light of other available treatment options, and how to educate patients regarding their application and how to monitor the outcomes.

Summary

Unit name Introduction to Complementary Medicines
Unit code CSA509
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Susannah (Sue) Evans
Available as student elective? No
Level Postgraduate

Availability

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

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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.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the changes in utilization of CAM in Australia over the last 30 years.
  • Demonstrate coherent knowledge of the main CAM modalities used in Australia.
  • Identify the issues associated with the diversity of CAM products in the Australian market, including their regulation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying ethical and professional issues that CAM use raises in health professionals
  • Apply the principles of risk assessment and risk management to inform clinical decision making regarding complementary medicines, particularly regarding specific patient populations (eg pregnancy, children and older people).
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060501 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

This unit is taught by distance. Online activities and weekly reading materials will be provided via MyLO. 

AssessmentCAM case presentation (30%)|Assignment (30%)|Case Study (30%)|Discussion board participation (10%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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