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Unit Overview


This unit is focused primarily on the role of the pharmacist as a healthcare professional, applying knowledge about disease processes and their management to the delivery of health care to the community. It includes consideration of the relationship of the pharmacist with other health professionals. Detailed consideration is made of the medication review process through case studies and interacting with patients, including coverage of the issues of client counselling, consent, confidentiality and compliance.

The ethics surrounding pharmacy practice is revisited using the experience gained during the pharmacy placements as a framework for discussion. Following on from previous units, the dispensing practice and use of miscellaneous preparations, including therapeutic devices, are considered in depth. New and emerging professional services are covered, highlighting the importance of continuing education and professional goal setting.

While the unit focuses on specific areas, students are expected to be conversant with all material covered in the program to date and this cumulative knowledge may be included in assessments.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability in the commitment to care for and about people; (2) retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice; (3) demonstrate team and leadership skills to deliver safe and effective practice; (4) make, act on and take responsibility for clinically, ethically and scientifically sound decisions; (5) communicate in lay and professional language, choosing strategies appropriate for the context and diverse audiences; (6) reflect on current skills, knowledge, attitudes and practice; planning and implementing for ongoing personal and professional development; (7) apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills (within their scope of practice) in the assessment of individual health status and medication needs, and where necessary, develop, implement and monitor management plans in consultation with patients/clients and other health professionals to improve patient outcomes and to promote and optimise the health and welfare of communities and/or populations; and (8) formulate, prepare and also supply medications and therapeutic products.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written examination; (2) oral assessment; (3) assignments; and (4) professional behaviour assessment. 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 written examination and professional behaviour assessment components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Ms Jamie Ly
Unit rules
Enrolment in
51500 Master of Pharmacy
and Successful completion of
PHCY5616 Pharmacy Placement II
Contact hours
12 hours per week

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

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

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

Kyle G, Firipis M and Tietze K. Skills for Pharmacists. A Patient-focussed 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

Hughes, J. et al. Use of Laboratory Test Data: Process Guide and Reference for Pharmacists, current edn: Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.