PHCY5612 Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit continues to explore the professional role of the pharmacist introduced in PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and PHCY5602 Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy 1. 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 communication and problem-solving skills through tutorials, workshops and role-play.

To present a clinical perspective, the pharmacotherapy of major disease states is delivered concurrently with the pharmacology lecture series in PHCY5617 Clinical Science for Pharmacy II. This provides students a practical understanding of how theoretical knowledge is applied to patients. Topics include liver, gastroenterology, diabetes, renal medicine and women's health. Therapeutic drug monitoring and laboratory testing will also be covered.

This unit builds on previous units to provide students with an appreciation of the complexities involved with providing health care to the community. Patients are people with lives and experiences, and often more than one health issue to consider. These all impact on the care they require. This is the essence of patient-centred care.

Simulated pharmacy practice sessions continue to develop both the integration of knowledge with practice and the student's communication skills.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate integration of knowledge in the delivery of patient centred care through interactive sessions, role-play and case studies; (2) understand and discuss ethical principles and demonstrate basic ethical reasoning; (3) communicate effectively to deliver appropriate patient health care; (4) apply knowledge of some major disease states to clinical scenarios; and (5) demonstrate clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
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 available for those students who obtain a mark of 45 to 49 inclusive in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Sajni Gudka
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy
PHCY5615 Pharmacy Placement I
Contact hours
lectures and workshop: 3 hours per week; Practical Classes: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline

Required texts
1. Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook. Current edition. PSA.
2. Australian Medicines Handbook. Current edition. PSA.

Recommended texts
Chen, T et al. Case Studies in Practice - Medication Review: A Process Guide for Pharmacists. Current edition. PSA.

Chen, T et al. Case Studies in Practice. Pharmacist only and pharmacy medicines: a process guide for pharmacists. Current edition. PSA.

Hughes, J. Case Studies in Practice. Use of Laboratory Test Data. Current edition. PSA.

Gowan J and Roller L. Practical disease state management for pharmacists. Current edition. APPCo.

Walker, R and Edwards, C. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. Churchill Livingstone. Current edition.

National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists, 2010. PSA.

Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, AsterJ.  Robbins and Cotran Pathologic basis of disease. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders; 2009.  

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