PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is the first of the integrated pharmacy practice units in the Master of Pharmacy program. This unit begins by introducing students to the role of the pharmacist as a provider of primary health care, and establishes the context for the applied knowledge of pharmacy. It provides foundation knowledge necessary for further pharmacy practice units throughout the course.

Students are introduced to the area of pharmacy governance which encompasses regulatory, legislative and ethical frameworks that form the cornerstones of the practice of pharmacy. Consideration is given to the legislation controlling pharmaceutical products and pharmacy practice and the nature and operation of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the responsibilities of the pharmacist in relation to this scheme. Students develop communication skills and a sound understanding of the principles of evidence-based medicine that are essential for delivering health care information to patients and others. The use of drug information resources available to the pharmacist is reviewed. The role of the pharmacist as a health care practitioner is exemplified by experiential placements within an aged care facility.
Students are able to (1) explain the role of the pharmacist as a healthcare provider; (2) describe the concept of ethical practice and the role of reflection in a pharmacist's professional development; (3) appreciate that pharmacists, as healthcare providers, must respect the beliefs, values and attitudes of the diverse population they serve; (4) identify, access and understand the regulatory and legislative frameworks that apply to the practice of pharmacy; (5) describe the concept of evidence-based medicine and use appropriate sources for obtaining medicine and health information; (6) explain the elements of effective communication and demonstrate basic communication with patients and healthcare practitioners; (7) identify the minimum requirements for prescriptions; and (8) demonstrate a basic knowledge of common medicines and their doses.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) oral assessment; and (3) assignments. 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 Liza Seubert
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy
PHCY5606 Foundations of Primary Care
Contact hours
6 hours per week
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-K-1-2020]

Australian Medicines Handbook, current edn: Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd

Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook, current edn: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Kyle, G., Firipis, M. and Tietze, K. Skills for Pharmacists: a Patient-focused Approach: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier 2015

Chen, T. et al. Medication Review: a Process Guide for Pharmacists, current edn: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Chen, T. et al. Pharmacist Only and Pharmacy Medicines: a Process Guide for Pharmacists, current edn: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Gowan, J. and Roller, L. Practical Disease State Management for Pharmacists, current edn: Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Company


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