The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Presents the pathophysiology of altered health states and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific conditions covered in this course include neurological and mental health conditions, including head injuries and the control of intracranial pressure. Concepts around the use of illicit drugs and drug abuse are also covered in this course. The course considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of prescription and non-prescription medications and will address the quality use of medicines in the management of these conditions.

The course builds on students' existing knowledge and understanding of the physical pharmacy principles and provides students with an understanding of how these principles are applied to the preparation of dosage formulations used in the management of conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions. The clinical application of depot injections and wafer formulations will be discussed and expanded upon in this course.

Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic considerations in conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions are covered including therapeutic drug monitoring, clinically significant pharmacokinetic drug interactions and advanced concepts in drug metabolism. The course will further build on knowledge of pharmacokinetics including drug dosage calculations with a particular focus on drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy.

Application of the knowledge developed in this course will be complemented by clinical skills training.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the pathophysiology and management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions.

2. Describe the quality use of medicines and issues surrounding these therapeutic agents in the treatment of these conditions and continue to develop clinical skills and communication skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.

3. Describe the pathophysiology and pharmacology of illicit drugs and understand the principles underlying the misuse of medications.

4. Develop skills in the appropriate use of non-prescription products and advice on non-pharmacological treatment options in the management of these conditions.

5. Describe the formulation and manufacture of dosage formulations used in conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions including long acting formulations such as depot injections.

6. Describe the role of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic factors that need to be considered in conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions including therapeutic drug concentrations, clinically significant pharmacokinetic drug interactions and concepts in drug metabolism with a particular focus on anti-seizure medications.


Content

1. This course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological ) and pharmacy practice issues in the management of:

- Neurological conditions (including headache, seizures disorders, neurodegenerative disorders and pain management).

- Mental health conditions (including anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, drug addition, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sleep disorder).

- Head injury, intracranial pressure and stroke.

2. The concept of minor illness and major disease will be discussed, including the use of prescription and non-prescription products.

3. The pathophysiology and pharmacology of illicit drugs and principles underlying the misuse and dependence:

- Intoxication and overdose of licit and illicit drugs.

- Drug addiction and physical dependence arising from the regular use of prescription and non-prescription medications.

4. The course covers all pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics considerations for therapeutic agents used in the management of conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health including therapeutic drug concentrations, clinical application of advanced concepts in drug metabolism, such as auto-induction and non-linear kinetics, particularly with application to anti-seizure medication.


Requisite

To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed either MATH1110 or STAT1070 all 1000 and 2000 level courses in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (12328) program and be active in this program.


Assumed knowledge

PHAR3103Mental and Neurological HealthPresents the pathophysiology of altered health states and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific conditions covered in this course include neurological and mental health conditions, including head injuries and the control of intracranial pressure. Concepts around the use of illicit drugs and drug abuse are also covered in this course. The course considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of prescription and non-prescription medications and will address the quality use of medicines in the management of these conditions.

The course builds on students' existing knowledge and understanding of the physical pharmacy principles and provides students with an understanding of how these principles are applied to the preparation of dosage formulations used in the management of conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions. The clinical application of depot injections and wafer formulations will be discussed and expanded upon in this course.

Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic considerations in conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions are covered including therapeutic drug monitoring, clinically significant pharmacokinetic drug interactions and advanced concepts in drug metabolism. The course will further build on knowledge of pharmacokinetics including drug dosage calculations with a particular focus on drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy.

Application of the knowledge developed in this course will be complemented by clinical skills training.FHEALFaculty of Health and Medicine671School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019PHAR2204 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 11. This course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological ) and pharmacy practice issues in the management of:- Neurological conditions (including headache, seizures disorders, neurodegenerative disorders and pain management).- Mental health conditions (including anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, drug addition, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sleep disorder).- Head injury, intracranial pressure and stroke.2. The concept of minor illness and major disease will be discussed, including the use of prescription and non-prescription products.3. The pathophysiology and pharmacology of illicit drugs and principles underlying the misuse and dependence:- Intoxication and overdose of licit and illicit drugs.- Drug addiction and physical dependence arising from the regular use of prescription and non-prescription medications.4. The course covers all pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics considerations for therapeutic agents used in the management of conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health including therapeutic drug concentrations, clinical application of advanced concepts in drug metabolism, such as auto-induction and non-linear kinetics, particularly with application to anti-seizure medication. NOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Describe the pathophysiology and management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions.2Describe the quality use of medicines and issues surrounding these therapeutic agents in the treatment of these conditions and continue to develop clinical skills and communication skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.3Describe the pathophysiology and pharmacology of illicit drugs and understand the principles underlying the misuse of medications.4Develop skills in the appropriate use of non-prescription products and advice on non-pharmacological treatment options in the management of these conditions.5Describe the formulation and manufacture of dosage formulations used in conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions including long acting formulations such as depot injections.6Describe the role of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic factors that need to be considered in conditions affecting the neurological system and mental health conditions including therapeutic drug concentrations, clinically significant pharmacokinetic drug interactions and concepts in drug metabolism with a particular focus on anti-seizure medications. To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed either MATH1110 or STAT1070 all 1000 and 2000 level courses in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (12328) program and be active in this program.Formal Examination: Formal written examination *In Term Test: Mid-term examination *Quiz: Online quizzes* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.CallaghanLectureFace to Face On Campus3hour(s)per Week for10Weeks0Includes in-class examTutorialFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for9Weeks0In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:Course Assessment Requirements:In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.Students must pass the combined mid-term and final examination assessment items to pass the course.Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.Students must pass the combined mid-term and final examination assessment items to pass the course.


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal written examination *

In Term Test: Mid-term examination *

Quiz: Online quizzes

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass the combined mid-term and final examination assessment items to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass the combined mid-term and final examination assessment items to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Includes in-class exam

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks