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Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine CSA512




Until recently, the phrases 'evidence-based medicine' and 'complementary and alternative medicine' were considered to be contradictory. However, perceptions of the role of evidence-based medicine in complementary and alternative medicine have shifted as the use of complementary medicines has continued to increase and become more closely integrated with 'mainstream' healthcare - in part due to the significant expansion in CAM's research base that has occurred over that past decade. Evidence-based complementary medicine will explore the principles of evidence-based medicine, and how these principles can be applied to evaluate the range of complementary and alternative medicines and therapies that are commonly utilised in Western nations.
You will be introduced to the concept of evidence-based medicine and develop the skills necessary to find and use the best evidence to answer clinical questions related to the use of complementary and alternative medicines. You will develop skills in asking clinical questions, searching for answers, discriminating good from poor information and research and using the answers to make clinical decisions. In this unit, the focus will be on applying these skills to complementary and alternative medicines.


Unit name Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine
Unit code CSA512
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Jason Hawrelak
Available as student elective? No
Level Postgraduate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine, including both its strengths and limitations.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the research methods, including health statistics, commonly applied in health research and be able to critically appraise healthcare literature.
  • demonstrate an understanding of ethical practice for all healthcare professionals.
  • apply the principles of risk assessment and risk management to inform clinical decision making.
  • apply organisational skills in planning and managing work time and assignments.
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 Pattern

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

AssessmentEvidence in Prescribing Complementary Medicines Assessment (30%)|Critically appraise a research article (30%)|Case vignette (40%)
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