pha4cm complementary medicines




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Integrative Medicine is the blended of conventional and evidence-based natural/complementary medicines, therapies and lifestyle interventions, using a holistic approach for optimal outcomes in health, healing and disease prevention with a supportive and empowering practitioner - patient relationship. Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) is a wide ranging field encompassing many areas and an increasing belief of consumers that CAMs, being natural, are always safe and effective. However, often the typical literature associated with orthodox medicines is not found for CAMs or other forms of integrative medicine, nor is the information relating to the quality control and purity of herbal medicines of the same calibre as for western medicines. It is therefore up to each practitioner to thoroughly evaluate the claims for each of the herbal and alternative therapies and adjust their practice(s) appropriately. This subject works in conjunction with PHA4GP. It represents the initial stage of a larger research project conducted in groups and forms part of the Pharmacy Honours program.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHA2PGB


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEvidence-based herbal medicinesRecommendedRotblatt M, & Ziment, I 2002HENLEY AND BELFUS INC. PHILADELPHIA
ReadingsFundamentals of Complementary and Alternative MedicineRecommendedMicozzi, MS 2001CHURCHILL LIVINGSTON, PENNSYLVANIA
ReadingsGuide to Popular Natural Products (latest edition) (either electronic or bound copy)RecommendedDer Marderosian A (ed)FACTS AND COMPARISONS, ST LOUIS
MediaShort course in integrated medicinePrescribedBlackmore InstituteGriffith University
ReadingsHerbs and Natural Supplements -an evidenceRecommendedBraun, L. and Cohen, M 2010Sydney: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the general regulation of Australian complementary medicines

The rationale for CAMs will be taught in on-line modules and workshops and is assessed in quizzes, group poster and protocol

02. Be able to identify quality information resources for complementary medicines and understand how to analyse and interpret the evidence realising that some integrative medicine practices have not been tested nor rigorously examined clinically.

Scientific methodology with respect to CAMs will be discussed in lectures and workshops and assessed in quizzes, compendium, group poster and protocol

03. Explain the rationale and role of integrative medicine in the maintenance of health and the management of various disease states including special populations i.e. pregnant woment

This will be discussed throughout semester in workshops and on-line modules and assessed in quizzes, compendium, group poster and protocol

04. Articulate and communicate advice on the safe and quality use of specific complementary medicines, including information on the advantages and disadvantages of interactions and known side effects

Relevance of CAMs will be researched by students taught in on-line modules and workshops and assessed in quizzes, compendium, group poster and protocol

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChristine Kettle

Class requirements

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

WorkShopWeek: 17 - 22
Ten 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 17 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Group presentation (up to 15 mins + questions)2002, 03
One 2000-word assignment4002, 03, 04
One 500 word assignment1002, 03, 04
Test (45 mins)2001, 02, 03, 04
Class debate (2 mins per presenter)1003, 04