PHCY5602 Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit continues to explore the professional role of the pharmacist introduced in PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice. Emphasis is placed on students increasing their awareness of the patient as a whole through the concept of patient-centred care. This involves the development of professional ethics, communication and problem-solving skills through tutorials, workshops and reflective activities. To present a clinical perspective, the pharmacotherapy of major disease states is delivered concurrently with the pharmacology lecture series delivered in PHCY5605 Clinical Science for Pharmacy I. This provides students with a practical understanding of how theoretical knowledge is applied to patients.

Topics include pain, psychiatry, cardiology, haematology, dermatology, respiratory medicine, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and neurology. Simulated pharmacy practice sessions continue to develop both the integration of knowledge with practice and the students' communication skills.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the role of the pharmacist in the delivery of patient-centred care through interactive sessions, role-play and case studies; (2) understand and discuss the role of beliefs, values and attitudes in a diverse community and demonstrate the ability to work with patients' beliefs, values and attitudes to provide patient-centred care; (3) communicate to deliver appropriate patient health care; (4) apply knowledge of some major disease states to clinical scenarios; (5) carry out accurate dispensing of prescriptions using dispensing software; and (6) demonstrate literacy in the access and use of quality medicine and health information.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written examination; (2) oral assessment; and (3) ongoing assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Kim Watkins
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy; PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
PHCY5606 Foundations of Clinical Science
Contact hours
6 hours per week

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Sansom, L.N., ed. Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook, current edn, Pharmaceutcal Society of Australia


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Kumar, V. et al. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th edn: Elsevier Saunders 2009

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