PHCY5606 Foundations of Primary Care

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This pharmacy practice unit complements the unit Introduction to Pharmacy Practice by providing practice and clinical context. The role of the pharmacist as a health care practitioner is exemplified by exploring common primary care therapeutic topics such as coughs and colds; weight management; foot care; oral health; and wound care. In addition, disease states such as eye conditions and dermatology are covered as well as the use of vitamins, supplements and complementary medicines.

Students are also introduced to pharmacy practice simulation sessions to begin developing their dispensing, counselling and patient assessment skills. This requires integration and application of the concepts covered in Introduction to Pharmacy Practice with the clinical knowledge acquired in this unit.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the foundations of pharmacy practice; (2) appreciate that pharmacists, as healthcare providers, must respect the beliefs, values and attitudes of the diverse population they serve; (3) understand the concept of evidence-based medicine and use appropriate sources for obtaining medicine and health information; (4) demonstrate basic communication with patients and health care practitioners; (5) demonstrate knowledge in primary care and clinical therapeutic areas, and patient assessment and counselling; (6) understand and apply evidence for complementary and alternative medicine use; and (7) demonstrate a knowledge of the use of vitamins and supplements.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written assessments; (2) assignments; and (3) oral assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Rhonda Clifford
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy (51500)
Co-requisites:
PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
Contact hours
a combination of e-learning with face-to-face components.
Recommended
texts

Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook, current edn: PSA

Australian Medicines Handbook, current edn: Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd (this is available electronically in the laboratory but it is suggested that you have your own current hard copy)

Non-prescription medicines in the pharmacy—a guide to advice and treatment, current edn: PSA

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