Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with knowledge of the pharmacological management of chronic conditions, and the effects of long term drug administration on an individual. The course will emphasise application of this knowledge to specific case examples relevant to students of allied health professions.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. apply the basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to the safe use of drugs in individuals being treated for chronic diseases.

2. apply knowledge of the pharmacology of the drugs used to manage the most common chronic diseases to predict the likely impacts on individuals.

3. apply knowledge of the problems and risks arising because of the long-term use of single or multiple drugs to individuals undergoing long-term pharmacological management.


This course will cover the pharmacological management of the most common chronic disorders: Hypertension, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, chronic respiratory disease, acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal disorders, cancer and chronic kidney disease. In addition, the management of co-morbidities and the risks of polypharmacy will also be covered.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Quiz: Online Test

Formal Examination: Online Formal Exam

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.