Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of General Practice


Associate Professor Peter Schattner



  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


This unit has been created in collaboration with the Department of General Practice for students undertaking studies in ONE of the following four topics:

  • Health care for older people
  • Issues in General Practice prescribing
  • Prevention in General Practice and Primary Care
  • Chronic disease management.

Students undertaking this unit must choose only one topic. Each topic is equivalent to 6 credit points.


Health care for older people (available Semester 1 2017)

  1. Critically analyse the patient-centred orientation of existing published guidelines for aged care, including aspects of patient experience and expectations as determined by their psycho-socio-cultural environment
  2. Create and justify a database of resources and processes that will optimise team-based care of the aged, including available community-based supports
  3. Analyse a small self-audit of aged patients who take multiple medications (or attend multiple healthcare providers) and develop a strategy to optimise patient safety and the management of medico-legal risk
  4. Create a plan for quality improvement in one area of aged care that is informed by evidence-based assessment and practice

Issues in General Practice prescribing

  1. Discuss the Australian and international use of prescribed medication in terms of research directions, funding, rates of prescribing, the major stakeholders, the influences on prescribing and policy directions such as quality use of medicines initiatives
  2. Demonstrate the use of a particular model for deciding the most appropriate therapeutic medication for a particular condition
  3. Demonstrate knowledge, practice and skill in a chosen prescribing situation in general practice, including the therapeutic medications used, and the particular steps necessary for safe prescribing
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking in reviewing the evidence about a medication via a planned and recorded interview with a pharmaceutical detailer
  5. Create a plan for improving the quality of prescribing in your own practice or within the clinic, using audit and feedback

Prevention in General Practice and Primary Care

  1. Explain why prevention is a priority for general practice and primary care with particular reference to chronic disease and the prevalence of lifestyle risk factors in the student's country of origin
  2. Reflect on the role of General Practitioners and members of the General Practice and Primary Care team in delivering preventive care
  3. Appraise the evidence supporting preventive care interventions in General Practice and Primary Care and identify current evidence practice gaps
  4. Critically analyse patient perceptions of prevention and the role of General Practitioners in preventive care
  5. Identify the barriers and facilitators to optimal delivery of prevention in General Practice and Primary Care settings
  6. Describe and evaluate strategies to improve delivery and uptake of preventive care in General Practice and Primary Care settings
  7. Locate, retrieve and use current evidence based guidelines, tools, resources and recommendations for prevention in General Practice and Primary Care settings and suggest an implementation plan for their application in practice

Chronic disease management

  1. Describe the burden, distribution and determinants of chronic disease within their own country and internationally
  2. Analyse the place of Primary Care (General Practice) in the management of chronic diseases with particular reference to their own country and health care system
  3. Describe responses to the challenges of chronic disease management as embodied in models such as the chronic care model (Wagner) and their own country's responses to the challenges of this field
  4. Evaluate their current work-place performance in managing chronic disease, utilising audit and comparison with chosen standards or guidelines
  5. Plan change within the student's current work-place to improve chronic disease management, utilising their previous evaluations, known effective interventions and published guides, templates and financial modelling


See individual topic guides for details - some topics will require students to write up cases on patients they have seen in practice, to write up journals based on clinical activity and/or to perform audits on clinical activity


Health care for older people (available Semester 1 2017)
Essay (1,500 words) (25%)
Written plan (1,500 words) (25%)
Written report(1,500 words) (25%)
Written plan (1,500 words) (25%).
Hurdle - Completion of all Activities

Issues in General Practice prescribing
Essay (1,500 words) (25%)
Report (1,500 words) (25%)
Case report (1,500 words) (25%)
Plan for quality improvement (1,500 words) (25%)
Report of a planned interview with a pharmaceutical representative. Formatively assessed as pass or fail.

Prevention in General Practice and Primary Care
Literature review (2,000 words) (30%)
Practice policy document (2,000 words) (40%)
Preventive care intervention report (2,000 words) (30%)
Hurdle - Online activities: 15-20 brief written tasks (2,000 words)

Chronic disease management
Essay (1,800 words) (30%)
Best Practice Audit (900 words) (15%)
Change Management Plan (1,800 words) (30%)
On-line quizzes (1,500 word equiv.) (25%)
Hurdle - Completion of all Activities

Workload requirements

Equivalent of 12 hours a week in 6 credit point units run over 12 weeks

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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

General practice


Students must NOT choose a topic previously competed in PHC5303 or PHC5304