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PC3201 - Musculoskeletal Pharmacy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Available to level 3 Bachelor of Pharmacy students.

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 found in tropical areas and Indigenous populations. They will develop the skills to educate patients about the appropriate use and storage of these agents 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 be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • competently apply their knowledge of the medicines (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) and dosage forms used for treating musculoskeletal conditions and appropriately prepare and store these preparations;
  • counsel and educate patients about musculoskeletal complaints including sports injuries and medical aids;
  • develop an understanding of education required to be given to patient with musculoskeletal conditions and the self-care approaches to their management;
  • develop an understanding of the pathophysiology and therapeutics of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and its role in human movement;
  • discuss the principles of rational drug use in the treatment of these body systems conditions.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: All level 2 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Mr David Herron
Lecturers: Professor Beverley Glass, Assoc. Professor Helen Anscomb, Dr John Smithson, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Rebecca Sealey.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); osce (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.