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PHCY521 Elective Topics in Patient-Centred Care

This paper continues the direction of clinical decision making for therapeutics with a choice of special interest areas. Students can choose one area of interest to study in this paper.

For 2020, the proposed elective topics are:

  • Neonatal & Paediatric Interest

This is intended for pharmacists who are interested in extending knowledge in neonatal and paediatric health. Medical conditions include, but not limited to; infectious diseases (e.g. skin infections, necrotising enterocolitis), Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, nutrition (e.g. parenteral, enteral, food allergies), and respiratory conditions (e.g. respiratory distress syndrome, asthma). There will be a whānau focused approach to conditions, and aspects of Hauora Māori will be covered during the module. This interest area is suitable for pharmacists working in all areas of health.

  • Mental Health Interest

This is intended for pharmacists who are interested in extending their knowledge in mental health. Medical conditions include, but are not limited to; schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, depression and anxiety. This interest area is suitable for pharmacists working in all areas of health. Some aspects may be better suited to the hospital environment.

  • Clinical Pharmacology Interest

This is intended for pharmacists who are interest in extending their knowledge of the pharmacological aspects of drug choice and dose choice. Medical conditions will tend to be those that related to general medicine. The approach taken to determining choice of medicines and dosing is based on principles of clinical pharmacology. This interest area is suitable for pharmacists working in all areas of health.

  • Infectious Diseases Interest

This is intended for pharmacists who are interested in extending their knowledge in infectious diseases. Topics covered will include those infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and other pathogens. There will be a major emphasis on promoting judicious use of antimicrobials and the principles of antimicrobial stewardship. This interest area is suitable for pharmacists working in all areas of health.

  • Oncology / haematology

This is intended is for pharmacists who are interested in extending their knowledge of oncology and haematology. We will cover common oncology and haematology conditions, and common complications or considerations in cancer care. This interest area will cover material at a level that is suitable for pharmacists working in all areas of health.


These topics are designed for practitioners who are either practising in these areas or look after patients currently that align with these areas. The topics are designed to support practice environments in hospital, primary health and community.

Paper title Elective Topics in Patient-Centred Care
Paper code PHCY521
Subject Pharmacy
Points 30

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Restriction PHCY523
Prerequisite PHCY520
Limited to PGDipClinPharm
Teaching staff Professor Steve Duffull
Textbooks Textbooks are not required for this paper
Teaching arrangements
  • Teaching arrangements: Workshop 1: Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July 2020, ONLINE. 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Video conferences: 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Tuesdays (TBA)
Learning outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Apply therapeutic clinical decision-making into care planning
  2. Demonstrate a patient-centred approach to care planning
  3. Demonstrate a reflective approach to practice.
  4. Apply benefit: risk assessment in clinical practice.
Graduate attributes emphasised Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Teamwork.
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Paper structure

The paper consists of a single module that covers a single therapeutic area for the whole semester. Students can choose one of four available therapeutic areas. The availability of therapeutic areas will depend on availability of specialised teaching staff.

All therapeutic areas will follow a modular component and run over the same duration of time. While the content and clinical assessment skills will differ between areas, the generic learning activities and learning outcomes, for example communication skills, care planning and decision-making skills will be consistent developed and evaluated across therapeutic areas.

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Timetable

3 July 2020 – 23 October 2020

Location Dunedin
Teaching method This paper is taught through distance learning
Learning management system Blackboard