This course examines the history and philosophy, professional and legal issues, risks and benefits of complementary and integrated health (CIH - previously known as CAM) therapies and medicines most commonly used by general patients or women during the perinatal period (antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal OR pregnancy/labour and childbirth/postnatal). The different modalities will be viewed from a historical, social and contemporary basis within the legal context of modern society in Australia.
Students will critically examine the evidence of specific CIH modalities and the health professional's role in relation to the provision of evidenced based information. Students will reflect on their role and practice to ensure evidence informed information supports discussions of CIH therapies and medicine with patients or women in the perinatal period.
- Trimester 2 - 2022
This course replaces the following course(s): NURS2163. Students who have successfully completed NURS2163 are not eligible to enrol in NURS6027.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. examine the history and context of Complementary and Integrated Health (CIH) in health care or the maternity setting.
2. critically examine the application of specific modalities in selected international cultural contexts.
3. discuss theory and practiced based CIH modalities most commonly used by patients and women during the perinatal period (including acupressure, aromatherapy, herbal therapy, homeopathy, hypnosis, massage, meditation and reflexology).
4. examine risks, benefits, precautions and contraindications of specific CIH modalities within the scope of practice and the available evidence.
5. critically reflect on the safe practice, professional and legal responsibilities of health professionals including nurses and/or midwives integrating CIH modalities into practice.
Module 1: CIH history, philosophy and use of CIH modalities by patients / women in the perinatal period on a global perspective.
Module 2: Examine risks, benefits, precautions and contraindications of the most commonly used by patients and/or women during the perinatal period (including acupressure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbal therapy, homeopathy, hypnosis, massage, meditation and reflexology.
Module 3: Examine professional and legal responsibilities of health professionals including nurses and midwives to ensure safe practice in integrating CIH modalities into clinical practice.
An understanding of contemporary healthcare issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgement, synthesis and evaluation.
Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity
Literature Review: Literature Review
Essay: Written Assignment
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
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