|Duration||1 semester (14 teaching weeks)|
|Level||Year 4, Semester 7|
|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||ACU207 TCM Practice 1 (Acupuncture Techniques) and CHM208 Chinese Herbal Medicine & Formulae 3|
|Description||This unit covers the theory and practice of Chinese medicine gynaecology and obstetrics. The unit includes the anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system, as well as those diagnostic features that pertain to gynaecological and obstetric disorders. For each of the main gynaecological and obstetric disorders the aetiology, differentiation of syndromes, appropriate treatment principles and strategies are examined. Treatment approaches include Chinese herbal formulae and/or acupuncture, with appropriate adjustments for culturally different individual cases, lifestyle and dietary advice to support the total treatment plan, TCM strengths and limitations and the necessary referral to other medical practitioners. The importance of a commitment to appropriate reporting of adverse events and the implementation of appropriate first aid measures when a patient displays an adverse reaction to treatment, and ensure prompt transfer to medical services where necessary will be emphasised. The desire to achieve excellence in the practice of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine 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:
|Unit requirement||To successfully complete the unit, students must: attend 80% of all the lectures and tutorial classes; attempt all assessment tasks and achieve at least 50% of the total marks; achieve a mark of at least 40% in the final examination.|
|Assessment||Assessment 1: Reflective Portfolio (30%)
Assessment 2: Case Study Analysis (30%)
Assessment 3: Final Examination (40%)
|Prescribed text||* The prescribed and recommended readings are subject to annual review.
|Recommended readings||Maciocia, G. (2011). Obstetrics and gynecology in Chinese medicine. New York: Churchill Livingstone.
Flaws, B. (1997). Handbook of menstrual disease in Chinese medicine. Boulder, CO: Blue Poppy Press.
Yu, J. (1998). In Hakim C. (Ed.), Handbook of obstetrics & gynecology in Chinese medicine: An integrated approach. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.
Marchment, R. (2007). Gynaecology revisited: Obstetrics and gynaecology for practitioners of Chinese medicine. Marrickville, N.S.W.: Elsevier Australia
Fu, S. (1992). Fu Qing-zhu’s Gynaecology = [Fu Chʻing-chunükʻo] (1st ed.). Boulder, Colo.: Blue Poppy Press.