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Unit Overview


This is an umbrella unit that extends from the units PHCY5606 Foundations of Primary Care and PHCY5605 Clinical Science for Pharmacy I. Clinical Science for Pharmacy II comprises a series of (1) formal lectures drawn from the pharmacology and infectious diseases lectures offered in IMED4211 Systems-based Learning 2 for the Doctor of Medicine program at UWA, and (2) self-directed learning sessions on selected pharmacy practice and therapeutic areas drawn from accredited providers of continuing professional education for registered pharmacists.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) address clinical problems of the gastrointestinal tract, hormonal balance, and glucose regulation by applying knowledge of drug administration and disposition for a range of drugs that act on the physiological and pathological processes in these systems; (2) understand drug interactions with the normal and pathological physiology and biochemistry in body systems, in particular the effects of the drug on the target, and the effects of hepatic and kidney disease processes and other drugs on the target drug response; (3) understand the management of gastrointestinal infections, liver infections, urinary tract infections and pyelonephritis, infections of the sexual organs, maternal infections during pregnancy and infection of puerperium; (4) understand relevant infection control and public health aspects of the infections outlined in (3); (5) understand and appropriately apply scientific advances in pharmacy practice and pharmacotherapeutics; (6) imbibe values that underpin the ethical and beneficent provision of pharmaceutical care; (7) use science and evidence to communicate therapeutic options honestly and objectively to patients and caregivers; and (8) assess existing pharmacy practices, and the need and barriers to implement practice changes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) summative assessment and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lee Yong Lim
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Pharmacy
Contact hours
lectures: 26 hours
self-directed learning: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks


Waller, D.G. et al. Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, current edn: Saunders/Elsevier



Gillespie, S. and Bamford, K. Medical microbiology and infection at a glance, current edn: Wiley-Blackwell

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