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PC4101 - Endocrine and Reproductive Pharmacy

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

Available to level 4 Bachelor of Pharmacy students.

Students will learn the physiological and pathophysiological aspects of the reproductive system, including obstetrics, infertility, contraception and gynaecological disorders. The pathophysiology and management of disorders of the endocrine system, such as pancreatic, thyroid and adrenal gland dysfunction. Students will also be taught the relationship between the endocrine and the reproductive system and other body systems such as the central nervous system, immunology and reproduction. The treatment and/or prevention of these conditions in rural and remote Australia will be discussed, with particular reference to the management of diabetes in the Indigenous population of Australia.The student will become knowledgeable about the underlying basis for the normal function and common dysfunctions of the endocrine system. Therapeutic interventions in the normal function of the reproductive system will be explored. Information will be presented in an integrated manner to allow students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide effective primary health and pharmaceutical care to the community and other health care professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the causes of dysfunction of the endocrine system and the major disease states associated with the reproductive system;
  • describe the pharmacotherapeutics associated with treatment of diseases of the endocrine and reproductive system, their pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, including appropriate health education and health promotion role of the pharmacist inr elation to diseases of the endocrine and reproductive systems;
  • develop an appreciation of the role of the pharmacist in monitoring, compliance, blood glucose level monitoring, pesonal hygiene of patients, identification of symptoms, emergency treatment, drug-drug interactions, interpretation of results, research needed;
  • discuss the epidemiological transition of common diseases of the endocrine system with particular reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations;
  • develop an appreciation of the pharmacoeconomic implications of diseases and the management thereof e.g. diabetes;
  • develop an appreciation of drug use in pregnancy and lactation and develop the skills to make recommendations about drug use in such patients.
Prerequisites: PC3001 AND PC3002 AND (PC3204 OR PC3015) AND CH3100 AND PC3005 AND PC3201 AND (PC3202 OR PC3102) AND (PC3205 OR PC3016)


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Sue Carson
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Professor Beverley Glass, Mrs Sue Carson, Mrs Robin Warren, Dr Aaron Drovandi, <Person not found>, Mrs Amanda Mackay, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 43 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 18 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (25%); assignments (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.