Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorSabine Wilkens
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Evidence-based herbal medicines||Recommended||Rotblatt M, & Ziment, I 2002||HENLEY AND BELFUS INC. PHILADELPHIA|
|Readings||Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine||Recommended||Micozzi, MS 2001||CHURCHILL LIVINGSTON, PENNSYLVANIA|
|Readings||Guide to Popular Natural Products (latest edition) (either electronic or bound copy)||Recommended||Der Marderosian A (ed)||FACTS AND COMPARISONS, ST LOUIS|
|Media||Short course in integrated medicine||Prescribed||Blackmore Institute||Griffith University|
|Readings||Herbs and Natural Supplements -an evidence||Recommended||Braun, L. and Cohen, M 2010||Sydney: 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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Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChristine Kettle
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
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.
|Group presentation (up to 15 mins + questions)||20||02, 03|
|One 2000-word assignment||40||02, 03, 04|
|One 500 word assignment||10||02, 03, 04|
|Test (45 mins)||20||01, 02, 03, 04|
|Class debate (2 mins per presenter)||10||03, 04|