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PC3303 - Integrated Therapeutics 3

Credit points: 6
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Mental health, musculoskeletal and related pain conditions and respiratory conditions represent a significant health burden in Australia. This subject will explore the most significant psychological, respiratory and musculoskeletal conditions that affect the Australian population including a focus on differences in treatment approaches for Indigenous, non-Indigenous and migrant populations. The subject will also examine appropriate approaches to acute and chronic pain management. Students will apply a clinical reasoning process to develop comprehensive pharmaceutical treatment plans to manage psychological, musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions prevalent in northern Australia and tropical regions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of common neurological, psychiatric, musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions relevant to pharmacy practice;
  • Demonstrate appropriate screening and clinical skills necessary for the prevention, identification, and management of these conditions;
  • Develop skills relating to the use of clinical guidelines and their application to the management of patients;
  • Apply a clinical reasoning process to develop a comprehensive pharmaceutical care plan that includes prescription, over-the-counter complementary and non-pharmacological treatment options;
  • Demonstrate professional communication withpatients and other health professionals.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Case report 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 2 - (10%) - Individual.
As this is a core level 3 subject in the BPharm(Hons)/MPharm pathway, students will be expected to have completed all core level 1 and 2 subjects.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor John Smithson
Lecturers: Ms Kathy Thomas, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, Assoc. Professor John Smithson, Mr Shane MacDonald, Dr Robi Islam.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 14 hours tutorials
  • 48 hours workshops - Guided learning sessions
  • 120 hours self study
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.