FOUNDATIONS IN QUALITY USE OF MEDICINES

PHA2FQM

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Quality use of Medicines (QUM) is a concept that underpins the healthcare system in Australia. Students will be introduced to the key concepts that make up QUM, as well as counselling and communication techniques that allow students to gain information from patients and through clinical reasoning make informed decisions in directing patient therapy. Practice Based cases are used to develop discipline specific skills in managing primary healthcare pharmaceutical issues. Pharmaceutical calculations along with ethical and legal issues that regulate the practice of pharmacy in Australia shall be further explored.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Summers

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHA1IPP

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCommunity Pharmacy Australia and New Zealand Edition 3rd editionPrescribedPaul Rutter, 2015Elsevier
ReadingsAPF 24 (Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook)PrescribedPharmaceutical Society of Australia 2018PSA
ReadingsAMH (Australian Medicines Handbook)PrescribedRossi (ed) et al. (Current year)AMH Co.
Discipline SpecificPharmacy Practice Drug CompendiumPrescribedSchool of Pharmacy and Applied ScienceLa Trobe University
MediaeFactCards # available at www.psa.org.au/kioskRecommendedPharmaceutical Society of AustraliaPSA
ReadingsPharmaceutical CalculationsPrescribedAnsel, H. and Stockton, 2016Wolters Kluwer
ReadingsCase Studies in Pharmacy Ethics 3rd edPrescribedVeatch, Haddad, Last, 2017Oxford University Press
ReadingsNon-prescription medicines, 4th editionRecommendedNathan, A. 2010Pharmaceutical Press
ReadingsApplied Therapeutics: The clinical use of drugs 11th editionRecommendedZeind, C., Carvalho, M. 2017Wolters Kluwer
ReadingsClinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, 4th edRecommendedHiggs, J., Jensen, G. M., Loftus, S., & Christensen, N. 2017Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Interpret the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) principles in the context of supply of over-the-counter (OTC) medication

Activities:
S2 and S3 medicines are discussed in lectures. Students will research and apply S2/S3 knowledge in workshops and oral presentations. The appropriate way of dealing with queries is discussed and applied in the workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Apply differential diagnosis skills to determine the appropriateness of OTC medications for presenting patients in a primary healthcare setting.

Activities:
In lectures students will develop their appreciation of diagnosis skills and clinical reasoning. They will practice the skills in the dispensing process in workshops.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Appraise the health literacy of a patient and adequately adjust communication to suit literacy level of that patient.

Activities:
In lectures students will develop their appreciation of diagnosis skills. They will practice the skills in the dispensing process in workshops. Oral assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

04. Apply appropriate laws, code of ethics and professional practice standards related to the practice of pharmacy, and justify an ethically sound resolution.

Activities:
The laws, code of ethics and professional practice standards related to pharmacy practice are discussed in lectures. Students will research and apply these legal, ethical and professional principles in workshops, writing tasks and oral presentations. Ethical and moral decision making is discussed and clarified in lectures/workshops and applied in writing tasks.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Critique the process of dispensing with consideration to safe supply of medication, prescribers' intentions and the law.

Activities:
In lectures/workshops students will investigate and discuss the issues of safe supply of medication, prescribers' intentions, Medicare and the law in dispensing.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Accurately perform pharmaceutical calculations

Activities:
Lectures: on-line quiz bank and an interactive workshop for calculations and problem solving. Assessment: Students should successfully complete the on-line quizzes where they must achieve a score of 90% on quiz 3 to sit the calculation test. They must achieve 90% on quiz 3 to pass the subject. The question bank is accessible via the LMS # students are eligible to attempt the quizzes as often as they like. A question and answer form to encourage collaborative problem solving is available. There are also calculations in the final examination.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Summers

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 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.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20-minute clinical oral exam, (1200-words equivalent) 30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Written exam (1000-words equivalent)30 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
Group case study project (1000-words equivalent)This assessment comprises of written and oral components, assessing students# ability to take an accurate history, assess patient health literacy and formulate and communicate a treatment plan that is accessible to the patient while satisfying legal requirements.25 01, 04, 05
Calculation competency test (equivalent to 600 words)Students undertake 3 on-line quizzes with immediate feedback and must achieve 90% on each quiz to progress and access successive quizzes. They must achieve 90% on quiz 3 to sit this competency test. Hurdle requirement: Accuracy and competency in completing calculations is required for professional practice Hurdle requirement.15 06