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PC3201 - Musculoskeletal Pharmacy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to level 3 Bachelor of Pharmacy students.

Musculoskeletal injury is one of the top four causes of morbidity and mortality in the Australian population, with a much higher incidence in young men in farming, Indigenous and rural communities. Patients frequently present to a pharmacist for advice about sports injuries and arthritic conditions. Students will explore the role of the musculoskeletal system in human movement and the management of common and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. They will gain a thorough knowledge of the pathophysiology and drugs used for treating musculoskeletal conditions, especially those conditions common in tropical areas and Indigenous populations. They will develop the skills to educate patients about the appropriate use and storage of the different dosage forms of the agents used with an emphasis being placed on patient education and prevention of illness. The use of non-pharmacological methods in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of the relevant anatomical and cellular structures and related concepts that underpin the human musculoskeletal system;
  • develop an understanding of the pathophysiology and therapeutics of disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including the principles of rational drug use in these disorders;
  • competently apply knowledge of both drug and non-drug therapies for treating musculoskeletal conditions, including how drugs used exert their effect and the appropriate preparation and storage of drug formulations;
  • develop an understanding of education required to be given to patients with musculoskeletal conditions and the self-care approaches to their management;
  • be able to counsel and educate patients about musculoskeletal complaints including sports injuries and medical aids.
Prerequisites: All level 2 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mr David Herron
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, Dr Aaron Drovandi, Dr Alex Trollope, Dr Carol Flavell.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours lectures
  • 5 hours tutorials
  • 10 hours practicals - Practicals/Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); osce (25%); on-course assessment (15%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.