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PC3102 - Health Care for Pharmacists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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This subject provides a strong foundation in counter prescribing and the provision of unscheduled products, S2 and S3 medications for patients who present to a pharmacist with self limiting conditions. This subject will further develop the understanding of aspects of professional pharmacy practice with an emphasis on the process of counter prescribing and this theme will be used as a vehicle to develop students' communication skills with the aid of simulated patients. The subject will discuss the relevant role of the pharmacist along with pharmacy assistants / technicians encompassing legal, ethical and professional issues and the management of common presentations that are within the scope of practice of a pharmacist. The subject will also examine the implication of genetics in pharmacy practice focusing on common genetic disorders in adult life, the molecular biology of cancer and understanding the basis of inter-patient variation in drug response. The subject will give the student a strong practical focus and enable them to competently manage common, minor, self limiting conditions in daily pharmacy practice and have an understanding of the impact of genetic variability in individuals and populations on disease and drug response.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop communication skills that are appropriate for practice as a pharmacist in a community or hospital pharmacy setting;
  • demonstrate the skills necessary to obtain a pharmaceutical history, medical history, presenting complaint history as appropriate for minor self limiting conditions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of the pharmacist and other pharmacy staff in the management of common conditions and the supply of medications for therapy;
  • demonstrate an ability to treat simple self limiting conditions with the products that are available over-the-counter (unscheduled, S2 & S3) and demonstrate knowledge and skill to refer when appropriate;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the influence of genetics in pharmacy practice and its application in health care.
Prerequisites: All level 2 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Mr David Herron, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Professor Beverley Glass, <Person not found>, Dr Aaron Drovandi, Mr Darren Spina.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (25%); on-course assessment (15%).

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