Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Presents the basics of the pathophysiology of diseases and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. This course material provides the essential knowledge base of the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and hepatobiliary disorders. Experiential placements will develop practice skills.

Programs generally have defined periods for their professional education placements. These are based on negotiations between health providers and the University. Students are asked to note however, that placements may occur at any time during the calendar year and not just within defined placement periods or university terms. The timing of your placement will depend largely on the availability of placement opportunities within health services sector. Students MUST NOT organise their own placements without prior approval by the Program Convenor.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, gastrointestinal conditions and heptobilary disorders;

2. Be able to describe the quality use of medicines issues surrounding the therapeutic agents in the treatment of these diseases;

3. Have developed clinical skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions;

4. Continue to develop oral communication skills.


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

  1. The musculoskeletal conditions (including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, Pagets Disease, Osteomalcia, osteoporosis).
  2. Diabetes
  3. Gastrointestinal conditions (including peptic ulcer disease, reflux, nausea and vomiting and inflammatory bowel disease)
  4. Hepatobiliary disorders (including cirrhosis, pancreatitis, biliary obstruction)

The course will also provide experience in developing clinical skills by clinical skills training and or clinical placements.

The course will also include visits to hospital and community pharmacies and students will be required to deliver case presentations.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHAR6131.

Assumed knowledge

PHAR6006 Pharmacotherapeutics 1 or PHAR6133 Pharmacotherapeutics 1

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal end of trimester written examination *

Presentation: Written assignment and group presentation

Professional Task: Satisfactory completion of clinical skills sessions/placement. *

* 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:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must satisfactorily complete this assessment to be able to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass the combined In Term and Formal assessment to be able to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. - Workcover First Aid Certificate.