Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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3 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0625 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Parkville Term 3 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Adriana Tiziani


For postgraduate coursework pharmacy discontinuation dates, please see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/pg-coursework/unit-discontinuation-dates.html

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/courses/pg-coursework/contact.html


The unit will examine the effect of systemic medication on wound healing. A number of specific drug classes will be described and discussed in relation to wound healing looking especially at current evidence to support theoretical knowledge. Furthermore, medications used to treat wound complications such as infection and pain will be explored.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Discuss common assumptions about medications and wound healing.
  • Differentiate between medication, drug, medicine and nutrient and demonstrate an understanding medication classification.
  • List the routes of medication administration and discuss the implications for absorption and effectiveness.
  • Discuss pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence based practice and its relationship to medication and wound healing.
  • Discuss common assumptions of how a medication may impact on wound healing.
  • Explore the theoretical rationale and clinical evidence of the impact of the following on wound healing:
    1. corticosteroids
    2. non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    3. immunomodulating agents
    4. cigarette smoking
    5. pentoxifylline
      • Use a systematic approach to critically appraise the clinical evidence on other agents such as phenytoin, oestrogen, dapsone, colchicine and anticoagulants.
      • Discuss the role of antibiotics in the management of wound infection.
      • Discuss the management of pain associated with wounds, including:
        1. types of pain
        2. pain assessment
        3. pain management using pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods
          • Discuss the role of nutritional supplementation in wound healing.


Minor assignment: 30%
Major written assignment: 60% (hurdle)
Participation in online tutorials: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Students are expected to allow 3- 6 hours per week over the semester in study time.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


PGW1101, PGW1102, PGW1103, PGW1104, PGW1105 (VCW1101, VCW1102, VCW1103, VCW1104, VCW1105) Pharmacy practice students taking this unit as an elective, will not be required to be enrolled or have completed the co-requisite units.