Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Presents the pathophysiology of altered health states and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific conditions covered in this course include those affecting the reproductive system as well as men and women's health conditions. The course considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of prescription and non-prescription medications and Complementary and Alternate Medicines, which will address the quality use of medicines in the management of these conditions.

The course builds on student's 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 rectal and genitourinary dosage formulations. The stability of these drug products and factors influencing the storage and shelf life of products is included in this course. In considering the formulation of rectal and genitourinary dosage formulations and sterile drug products, the clinical application of implants, intrauterine devices, vaginal delivery devices and personal care products will be discussed and expanded upon in this course.

Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic considerations in conditions affecting the reproductive system and men and women's health are covered including the pharmacokinetic principles underlying medication use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the pathophysiology and management of conditions involving the female genitourinary system.

2. Describe the pathophysiology and management of conditions involving the male genitourinary system.

3. Gain an understanding of the signs, symptoms and complications of common infections such as urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections; be aware of the pathogens involved, understand relevant diagnostic tests and be aware of first and second line infective therapy as well as non-pharmacological approaches to the management of these infections.

4. Describe the quality use of medicines' 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.

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

6. Identify the principles of drug stability and discuss pharmacy practice issues relating to storage of rectal and genitourinary drug products.

7. Describe the formulation and manufacture of rectal and genitourinary dosage forms and sterile drug products including suppositories, pessaries, implants and inserts.

8. Identify the underlying principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics that need to be applied to medicines' use in pregnancy and breastfeeding.


1. This course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic treatment and pharmacy practice issues in the management of:

  • Reproduction and women's health (including pregnancy and labour, breastfeeding, infertility, menopause, gynaecological disorders and contraception).
  • Men's health (including erectile dysfunction, disorders of the prostate and contraception).
  • Male and female incontinence.
  • Personal care.

2.   The pathophysiology and principles of treatment of infectious diseases affecting the reproductive and urological system including urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted infections.

3. The concept of minor illness and major disease will be discussed, including the use of prescription and non-prescription products, including Complementary and Alternate Medicines. Non-pharmacological approaches to the management of these conditions and will also be discussed.

4. The course covers advanced concepts in formulation development and design of rectal and genitourinary preparations including:

  • Sterile products, aseptic technique, microbial contamination, spoilage and preservation, principles of sterilisation and storage considerations.
  • Advanced dispensing and compounding skills in understanding the preparation of rectal and genitourinary dosage forms including suppositories and pessaries, implants, intrauterine devices and vaginal delivery devices.

5. The course covers all pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic considerations for therapeutic agents used in the management of men and women's health issues, including pregnancy and breastfeeding.


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

PHAR3104 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written exam

Written Assignment: Group Presentation and Fact Sheet

Quiz: Online quizzes

In Term Test: Written exam - In Class

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 32 hour(s) per Term Full Term

3 hrs a week for 10 weeks and an in-term examination


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

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