PHCY5615 Pharmacy Placement I

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), community pharmacyFace to face
Pharmacy Placement I is the first of the two experiential learning placements in the course. Experiential placements expose students to the practice environment and provide a platform for students to develop their professional, communication and clinical skills. Most students are located in the community pharmacy practice environment. The first week is located on campus followed by five weeks full-time on placement. The placement workbook guides students through activities to enhance the experiential learning experience via in-class discussions, practice activities and self-directed activities.
Students are able to (1) appreciate the role of the pharmacist in the practice environment; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the practice of pharmacy through observation and/or participation in the practice environment; (3) demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the course to date in a practical context; (4) outline the relevant information required for delivering quality patient health outcomes, in particular in relation to drug and complementary medicine information and primary health care; (5) communicate in a professional and ethical manner to promote quality use of medicines and health outcomes; (6) appreciate how population diversity can influence patient health outcomes; and (7) use the National Competency Standards and reflection as tools for identifying and developing skills required for professional pharmacy practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) completion of a portfolio; (2) reflection report; and (3) placement appraisal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the completion of a portfolio and placement appraisal components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Deena Ashoorian & Amanada Mannolini
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy; completion of PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
PHCY5606 Foundations of Primary Care
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Travel and accommodation for rural placements (estimated cost - At cost).
Contact hours
practice training: placement full-time (5 weeks); discussion sessions/workshops: on campus (1 week)

Required texts
1. Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook, current edn: PSA
2. Australian Medicines Handbook, current edn: PSA

Recommended texts
Chen, T et al. Case Studies in Practice—Medication Review: a Process Guide for Pharmacists, current edn: PSA

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

Hughes, J. Case Studies in Practice: Use of Laboratory Test Data, current edn: PSA

Gowan, J. and Roller, L. Practical disease state management for pharmacists, current edn: APPCo

Walker, R and Edwards, C. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, current edn: Churchill Livingstone

National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists: PSA 2010

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