General Information
Duration 1 semester (14 teaching weeks)
Level Year 4, Semester 8
Unit Weighting Unit Credit Points: 10 credit points
Total Course Credit Points: 320 credit points
Student Workload Number of timetabled hours per week: 4
Number of personal study hours per week: 6
Total workload hours per week: 10
Prerequisites/ Corequisites ACU207 TCM Practice 1 (Acupuncture Techniques) and CHM208 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 3
Academic Details
Description This unit introduces the student to the specialities of CM Pediatrics and Dermatology. The student will firstly study the theory and practice of paediatrics. The unit presents the physiology of children including growth, development and care needs, as well as the pathology of childhood disorders. The methods of paediatric diagnosis are examined including the CM differentiation of the main paediatric disorders. For each condition the aetiology, differentiation of syndromes, appropriate treatment principles and strategies, strengths and limits are examined. Treatment approaches include Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture/moxibustion, tui-na, dietary management and nursing care.

Students are also introduced to the theory and practice of CM dermatology and the unit includes the traditional and modern classification systems of dermatological disorders. The student will study the general features of physiology, pathology and diagnosis as applied to dermatology and etiology, diagnosis, differentiation and treatment. Students will learn to formulate CM herbal prescriptions for dermatology and select points for acupuncture or Moxibustion; and discuss the strengths and limitations of CM treatment. In addition, students will learn to advise clients with regard to lifestyle, and transmission and infection control.

The consideration of Australia’s multi-cultural and multi-racial context and how this may affect the practice of CM Pediatrics and CM Dermatology practice will be explored. The desire to achieve excellence in the practice of acupuncture and to contribute to improving both the quality of life of patients and the wellbeing of the community and the environment will be a key feature in the teaching and learning of this unit.

Learning outcomes Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically discuss and analyse the physiology, development, pathogenesis, nursing care, cautions and contraindications for different stages of children in both WM and TCM perspectives.
  2. Describe and critically review the classification and physiology of dermatology and pathogenesis, cautions and contraindications for dermatological disorders in both WM and TCM perspectives.
  3. Critically integrate the methods of diagnosis, differentiation of syndromes and analysis of aetiology and pathogenesis for common paediatric and dermatological disorders in the TCM perspective, and demonstrate those competencies in case studies in clinical or simulated settings.
  4. Select and develop appropriate TCM treatment approaches and prescriptions (including Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture/moxibustion, dietary management, lifestyle advice, prevention, and transmission and infection control) (additional tui-na and nursing care for paediatric cases) for the common paediatric and dermatological disorders for case studies in clinical or simulated settings.
  5. Exercise judgment of the strengths and limitations of TCM treatment for common paediatric or dermatological disorders, with appreciation of the multi-cultural and multi-racial nature of the Australian community and how this may affect the practice of CM paediatrics and dermatology, and demonstrate the competence of inter-professional practice when necessary in studies to achieve excellence of practice in clinical or simulated settings.
  6. Critically evaluate possible adverse reactions to TCM treatment, possible interactions between herbs and other medications, the appropriate management for an adverse event.
Unit requirement To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks including summative and formative assessments and achieve at least 50% of the total marks, and achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination.
Assessment Assessment 1: Group Presentation: Literature Review (Paediatrics) (30%)

Assessment 2: Case Study Analysis (Dermatology) (30%)

Assessment 3: Final Examination (40%)

Prescribed text * The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.

Flaws, B. (2006). A handbook of TCM paediatrics (2nd ed.). Boulder, CO: Blue Poppy Press.

Xu, Y., & Yi, S. (2004). Dermatology in traditional Chinese medicine. St. Albans: Donica Publishing.

Recommended readings Liang, J., Flaws, B., & Zhang, T. (1988). A handbook of traditional Chinese dermatology (1st ed.). Boulder, Colo.: Blue Poppy Press.

Wang, Shouchuan.(2012). Pediatrics in Chinese Medicine: Beijing Peoples Medical Publishing House.

Scott, J., & Barlow, T. (1999). Acupuncture in the treatment of children (3rd ed.). Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.

Shen, D., Wang, N., & Wu, H. (2007). Manual of dermatology in Chinese medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.