Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Rohan Elliott


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://monash.edu/pharm/future/contact/


Geriatric disease state management is an elective unit in the Master of and Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice. The unit will help students develop specialist knowledge and skills in the management of major diseases and syndromes affecting older people. In particular it will focus on medication-related issues and the role of the pharmacist, including medication management reviews in patients with these conditions.


After completing this unit, students should be able to:

  • Describe the effects of ageing and disease on cognitive function, falls and balance, bone health, bladder and bowel function and pain.
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of cognitive disorders, falls, dizziness, osteoporosis, bladder and bowel problems and pain in older people.
  • Identify patients who are at increased risk of developing the aforementioned problems.
  • Identify potential medication-related causes of cognitive impairment, falls, dizziness, osteoporosis, and bladder and bowel problems.
  • Recommend appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological management for prevention and management of cognitive disorders, falls, dizziness, osteoporosis, bladder and bowel problems and pain.
  • Prepare management plans and medication management reports for elderly patients with the aforementioned problems.


Assessment tasks include:
Case studies and online discussions: 40%
Written assignments, medication management reports and online quizzes: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


PGP5015 (VCP5015)