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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr A Beveridge


In order to prescribe in the most appropriate manner, the general practitioner needs a broad perspective. Rational prescribing needs an understanding of: the pressures affecting a practitioner which may influence his or her prescribing patterns, the consumer and factors which impinge upon optimal use of medication, and of the subtle and not so subtle influences and constraints of manufacturers and government which determine the milieu within which practitioners prescribe. This unit aims to have such a perspective, covering topics from the practical philosophy of rational prescribing to the future of clinical pharmacology.


Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Recognise the context of therapeutics today, with regard to its historical development and its relationship to government and industry.
  2. Recognise the psychosocial issues involved in the prescription of medication.
  3. Analyse and select the most appropriate therapy for any particular diagnostic situation, using specific criteria.
  4. Apply the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to clinical situations.
  5. Discuss the factors involved in patient compliance.
  6. Critically appraise different forms of drug information, including promotional items.
  7. Conduct a patient medication review.
  8. Conduct an audit of prescribing.
  9. Implement changes in their practice based upon knowledge and skills gained in this unit.


Assignment 1 (25%)
Assignment 2 (25%)
Assignment 3 (20%)
Assignment 4 (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr A Beveridge