Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain what complementary medicines are and discuss changes in their use over the last 30 years, with a particular focus on Australia
- Identify and analyse the role of different types of evidence in influencing decision making by Australian consumers about their use of complementary medicines
- Assess the role of ethics and the law in regulating the availability, safety and advertising of complementary medicines in Australia and more broadly
- Growth, commodification and 'big business'
- Environmental impact of growth and big business
- Sustainability and complementary medicines
- Relationship between complementary medicines and orthodox medicine
- Legal regulation of complementary medicine products and practitioners
- Protection of consumers
- The role of ethics in regulating complementary medicine products and practice
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- TAS-XBR120-Complementary Medicines in Contemporary Society (No longer available)
No additional requirements
Pulling together the disciplines of sociology, law and complementary medicine this subject is designed for students who want to develop their knowledge in order to understand, debate and critically analyse the use and place of complementary medicines in the modern health care system. Drawing on a range of online teaching methods, learning modules will focus on topics such as understanding the use of complementary medicines in Australia and around the world, the question of evidence and the role of ethics and the law in regulating the availability, safety and advertising of complementary medicines. Students will address issues of locating reliable information on complementary medicines and will develop an understanding of the environmental issues that arise from the increased popularity of these medicines.
- Product Critique (40%)
- Online Test (20%)
- Case Study (40%)
Current study term: 11 Jul 21 to 17 Oct 21
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