PHARMACY PRACTICE AND THERAPEUTICS E (ONCOLOGY AND PALLIATIVE CARE)

PHA4THE

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces the broad range of drugs used in the treatment of neoplastic diseases, as well as medicines and other treatment modalities employed in the area of palliative care to fourth year pharmacy students. These specialist areas will be covered by an overview of the pathophysiology of cancer, followed by systematic review of the major classes of antineoplastic drugs, including mechanisms of action and patient care issues. Specific issues regarding the delivery of palliative care to terminally ill patients will be explored through a series of structured lectures as well as directed learning and presentations by the students.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJoseph Tucci

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHA3THD. Only available to students admitted in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course (SHPB).

Co-requisites PHA4PCA

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAustralian Medicines Handbook.PrescribedRossi, R., ed. (2017)Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd
ReadingsTherapeutic Guidelines: Palliative care.PrescribedVersion 3 (2010) Therapeutic Guidelines LimitedTherapeutic Guidelines Limited
ReadingsTherapeutic Guidelines: Psychotropic.PrescribedVersion 7. (2013) Therapeutic Guidelines LimitedTherapeutic Guidelines Limited
ReadingsTherapeutic Guidelines: AnalgesicPrescribedVersion 5. (2007) Therapeutic Guidelines Limited.Therapeutic Guidelines Limited
ReadingsTherapeutic Guidelines: NeurologyPrescribedVersion 4. (2011) Therapeutic Guidelines Limited.Therapeutic Guidelines Limited
ReadingsClinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics 5th edPrescribedWalker, R. and Whittlesea, C. (2012)Churchill Livingstone
ReadingsGoodman & Gilman's Manual of Pharmacology and Therapeutics 12th ed. (soft cover portable volume)RecommendedBrunton, L & Parker, K eds. 2011McGraw-Hill
ReadingsPharmacologyPreliminaryRang, HP et al. 20117th edition, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and explain the pathophysiology of cancer

Activities:
As a small team, students are to give oral presentations on specialised areas of palliative care that they have researched. Lectures will introduce the relevant issues which will then be researched further by the students.

02. Explain the mechanisms of action and patient care issues in relation to major classes of antineoplastic drugs.

Activities:
Structured lecture series and discussions in class and workshops. To be assessed by tests and exams during the semester

03. Describe and explain the relationship between drug actions and therapeutic outcomes, specifically in cancer related clinical conditions and also to address the important issues underlying the delivery of palliative care to terminally ill patients.

Activities:
Structured lecture series and discussions in class and workshops. To be assessed by tests and exams during the semester

04. Describe the absorption, elimination and metabolism of these classes of drugs and relate this to clinical practice and how pharmacogenetics affects this.

Activities:
Structured lecture series and discussions in class and workshops. To be assessed by tests and exams during the semester

05. Anticipate, and rationalise interaction between drugs (including over-the-counter (OTC) preparations)

Activities:
Structured lecture series and discussions in class and workshops. To be assessed by tests and exams during the semester

06. Undertake research on specific areas of palliative care and present the information in an instructive and clear manner

Activities:
As a small team, students are to give oral presentations on specialised areas of palliative care that they have researched. Lectures will introduce the relevant issues which will then be researched further by the students.

07. Work within a team to organise tasks such as researching, preparation, editing and oral presentation of information to an audience of peers.

Activities:
As a small team, students are to give oral presentations on specialised areas of palliative care that they have researched. Lectures will introduce the relevant issues which will then be researched further by the students.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJoseph Tucci

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 11 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Workshops are compulsory for all students. A medical certificate will be needed if a student does not attend."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3-hour examination60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 1-hour mid-semester test20 01, 02, 03, 04
One 40-minute team oral presentation (500 word equivalent/student)20 01, 05, 06, 07